Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup March 27, 2013

Hafeez ton sets up Lahore win

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Lahore Lions (Hafeez 102; Shoaib Maqsood 1-22) beat Multan Tigers (Rameez Alam 45, Zia-ul-Haq 2-20) by 47 runs

Captain Mohammad Hafeez led from the front to hit his second Twenty hundred that helped Lahore Lions humble Multan Tigers by 47 runs at the Gaddafi Stadium. With a daunting total in sight, Tigers never looked in control during their chase. They lost their captain Shoaib Maqsood in the first over, caught brilliantly by Aizaz Cheema after he had fumbled it on the first go. Tigers started stuttering early as their top three batsmen departed with only 24 runs on the board.

Rameez Alam (45) and Saeed Anwar jnr (11) resisted for a while with a 51-run stand for the fourth wicket, but both got bogged down against the spinners. Despite some late fireworks by Kashif Naved, Tigers kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and were bowled out in the 20th over for 127.

Lions, after choosing to bat, lost opener Ahmed Shahzad (2) in the first over as he flicked Rahat Ali straight to Zulfiqar Babar at midwicket. Thereafter, Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed dominated Tigers and added 66 runs for the second wicket before Jamshed was trapped lbw for 26. Akmal brothers, Umar (4) and Kamran (0), were out of successive deliverers - Umar edged one from Rizwan Haider to the keeper, while a mix-up for a single with Hafeez resulted in Kamran's wicket.

Hafeez, however, continued to consolidate. He was dropped three times, twice by the wicketkeeper. Along with Ali Azmat (29), he added 83 for the fifth wicket to take Lions to a formidable total of 175. He reached 102 off 64 balls with 18 boundaries, including two sixes off the last two balls of the innings.

Sialkot Stallions 141 for 5 (Malik 68, Hasan 3-35) beat Abbottabad Falcons 135 for 9 (Hameed 43) by 5 wickets

Shoaib Malik led Sialkot Stallions to a five-wicket victory over Abbottabad Falcons in Gaddafi Stadium. Falcons batted first, but were reduced to 39 for 3 through some incisive bowling from Raza Hasan. Yasir Hameed (43) and Hammad Ali (30) were the only meaningful contributions, as the rest of the batting folded quickly, to leave them 135 for 9 at the end of their 20 overs. Hasan had best figures of 3 for 35.

Shakeel Ansar was dismissed for a duck, and Faisal Naved and Shahid Yousuf didn't last long either as Stallions were at a precarious 18 for 3. An 89-run stand between Shoaib Malik and Adeel Malik categorically took the game away from Falcons. Shoaib Malik top-scored with 68, and Adeel Malik with 36. The chase was finished off by Ali Khan and Mansoor Amjad, as Stallions won with four balls to spare. Falcons have lost two straight now, after losing to Multan Tigers yesterday.

Rawalpindi Rams 157 (Amin 36, Anwar Ali 4-32) beat Karachi Dolphins 149 (Sami 38, Arafat 4-28) by eight runs

Yasir Arafat's four-wicket haul helped Rawalpindi Rams to overwhelm powerful Twenty20 side Karachi Dolphins by eight runs in the final match of the day in Lahore. Dolphins lost their way chasing 158, but bounced back through No.9 batsman Mohammad Sami who smacked a breathtaking 38 off 18 balls. But Rams held their nerves to complete a dramatic victory.

Dolphins lost their top order to Arafat earlier who accounted for Khalid Latif (0), Shahzaib Hasan (11) and Asad Shafiq (0) in his first spell of two overs. Fawad Alam (29) along with Sarfaraz Ahmed (26) resisted the tidy bowling in a 40-run stand, but both were out in quick succession. Sami then launched a late attack that included three sixes to revive hopes, but Arafat returned to pick his wicket. Dolphins eventually were bowled out for 149, eight runs short.

Rams opted to bat with openers Awais Zia (34) and Naved Malik (12) off to a positive start. But they lost seven wickets for 16 runs towards the end to finish with 157. Anwar Ali was the most successful bowler with four wickets.

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  • Ning-nong on March 29, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    The presence of Kamran Akmal appears to have rubbed off onto his opposite no. in this match 'He was dropped three times, twice by the wicketkeeper' Also that particular line refers to the innings played by Hafeez (bunny of Dale Steyn).

  • Naveed on March 28, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    Who hes kidding with? He wont have his place even in his domestic team if pitches are more supportive.

  • usman on March 28, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    avg of 24 in odis for a 32 year old opener... ofcourse he would SLAM a century on dead beat wickets against club level bowling...

  • Amjad on March 28, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    Yeah right just as what we've been saying all along, scored a ton on a dead beat wicket, hear me again, means nothing, a theoretical professor who just doesn't know how to put his theories into action. At age 32 or something, he's well past his learning days, the only good thing he can possibly learn now is to quit and make room for someone who can do the job.

  • mohammad on March 28, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    I am highly disturbed to see the mental set up some supporters who want to see Afridi as captain who does not deserve a place in the team with his consistent failure. No wonder why Pak cricket has lost its glory of Imran time. Poor supporters try to make poor team. Flat track bully made vice captain and we all saw what happened in SA. You need half the team's players drooped.

  • zaf on March 28, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    SA tour 2013 was a huge lession for cricket think tank. PCB should say bye to TTTgroup (tuktuk tola) Misbah, Younis, Asad Safiq. Please add Fast playiers in ODI, and boom boom AFIRDI as CAPT. PROF. Hafeez was troubled by Dale Steyn all through the SA tour, he should play domestic cricket for next 5 years, until understand well theory how to play on bouncy wickets. Figure out formula why & how others openers Ahmed Shahzad, Nasir J. and Imran Farhat faced fast bowling in confidence.

  • khalid on March 28, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    yes hafeez scored a masterly 100 while his son dressed in team out fit watch his dad scored the runs from the dug out with others player. the centuary was the match decider it self as others big name fail to score, weldone proffessor.

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    Well, he'll sure do as he likes now that the Steyn-Remover is not in the Picture

  • shahid on March 27, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    Hafeez is a king of flate wickets and mediocre bowling. Not worth playing in the national team specially in non subcontinental conditions. Dont ever consider him for captaincy.

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    pakistan history is not good for 2 captains in different formats. Younas-Afridi, Afridi-Salman, Afridi-Misbah & now reports of misbah_hafez.

    this Lahore team has many players playing under hafeez captaincy which were part of SA tour.

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