Umar Akmal 95 sets up Lions win
An unbeaten 49-ball 95 from Umar Akmal, and a three-wicket haul from Aizaz Cheema were the cornerstones behind Lahore Lions' 15-run victory against Multan Tigers in Faisalabad. With two wins from three matches, Lions are now through to the semi-finals.
Lions, opting to bat, were precariously placed at 51 for 3 in the eighth over before Umar and Nasir Jamshed joined hands to launch a late assault. The pair looted 129 off 73 deliveries, helping Lions to 180 for 3. Umar slammed 11 fours and four sixes for his fifty, while Jamshed's 33 off 27 balls featured two fours and a six.
Tigers lost their openers within three overs of the chase - both removed by Cheema - but handy contributions from Kashif Mansha and the captain Gulraiz Sadaf kept the team afloat. Still, Lions ensured that the asking rate remained above 10 an over, putting pressure on Tigers. With 73 required off the last five overs, Naved Yasin went on the attack, blasting 69 off 39 balls, including 21 runs off the penultimate over, but was left with too much to do on his own, as his team could only muster 165 for 5.
A three-wicket haul from Mohammad Sami, and a rapid half-century from Shahzaib Hasan powered Karachi Dolphins to a six-wicket win against Faisalabad Wolves. Wolves, choosing to bat, lost their openers inside two overs, but Jahandad Khan's 54, and his two thriving stands with Misbah-ul-Haq and Asif Ali powered the team to a promising 113 for 3 by the 16th over. However, quick dismissals, including two in an over from Sami, pegged the team back. Wolves lost their last six wickets for just 31 runs to finish on 144 for 9.
Dolphins had little trouble chasing down that score, and overhauled the target in 17.5 overs. Shazaib's 34-ball 59 - a knock which featured two fours and five sixes - set the platform, after which handy twenties from Rameez Raja and Mohamamd Waqas (22*) took the team home.