Misbah steers Wolves to victory


Faisalabad and Rawalpindi got wins on day three of the Faysal Bank Super Eight T-20 Cup here at the Gaddafi stadium on Thursday.

Faisalabad Wolves won by seven wickets with six balls remaining while Rawapindi Rams ruled the day on a Duckworth Lewis method after evening rain ruined the day for Bahawalpur.

Rawalpindi Rams, however, got 20 runs win with the D/L method. Rawalpindi Rams reached 145 for five in 18 overs and after a revised target to be achieved in 13 overs, Bahawalpur Stags could got to 96 in 12.2 overs when the target was 117 runs.

In the other match of the day, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq got Faisalabad Wolves and easy win against Dolp0hins.

Karachi Dolphins piled up 157 for eight in the given overs but Misbah wioth his brisk half century made the score easy. He remained not out at 85 while his opening mate added useful 39 runs to lay a solid and supporting platform. With an average of 180, Misbah got his 85 in 62 balls and Wolves lost three wickets to reach 161 in 19 overs.

Hafeez ton sets up Lahore win:

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.