Lahore Lions down LIC on way to final

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Sirsa, Sep 13 (UNI) Lahore Lions of Pakistan stormed into the final by defeating Life Insurance Corporation of India in the first day-night match of the inaugural Jannayak Chaudhary Devi Lal International Twenty20 Cricket Tournament here today.

Required to score 153 for victory, LIC were bundled out for 97 in 18.4 overs.

LIC lost their first three wickets with scorecard reading just nine runs in 2.2 overs. They continued to lose wickets at regular intervals and were dismissed for 97 runs. Michael Vishal (22), Rajesh Patha (16), Nishant Singh (17), Bablu Kumar (12) and Ravi Inder Singh (10) were their main scorers.

Pakistan bowlers Waqas Ahmed (3 for 19), Mohd Aamir (2 for 26), Khakan Arsal (2 for 19) and Saad Naseen (2 for 11) did not allow any LIC batsmen to settle down.

All-rounder Khakan Arsal was adjudged the man of the match.

Earlier, precariously placed at 9 for 3 after 3.5 overs, Lahore Lions, put in to bat by Life Insurance Corporation, were bolstered by Khakan Arsal who played a superb knock of 52.

Lahore Lions made a disastrous start as their openers Babar Bhindra and Faisal Javed were out for duck in 1.4 overs. Muntzar Mehdi too failed to impress with the bat and returned to the pavilion by contributing just five runs and side's total was 9 after 3.5 overs. With Khakan Arsal and Rashid Riaz then stemmed the rot with a 44-run partnership for the fourth wicket stand. They carried the score to 53 in 9.5 overs before this partnership was broken as Rajesh Patha dismissed Rashid for 25. He faced 22 deliveries and hit four fours.

Khakan Arsal was joined by Adnan Raza and their fifth wicket partnership yielded 48 runs. Khakan Arsal's breezy knock of 52 off 41 balls contained seven fours and one six.

Later, tailenders Shabaz Bhutt (14) and Waqas Ahmed (21) made valuale contribution to prop up their team's total for 152 in 20 overs.

Arun Singh bowled a superb line and length. He was the most successful bowler with a haul of five wickets for 29 runs in four overs. Rajesh Patha captured two wickets for 31 runs in three overs.

The match was twice interrupted due to light failure.

Brief scores: Lahore Lions (Pakistan): 152 for 8 in 20 overs (Rashid Riaz 25, Kharkan Arsal 52, 4x4s, Adnan Raza 13, Shabaz Bhutt 14, Waqas Ahmed 21, Rajesh Patha 2 for 31, Arun Singh 5 for 29, Bablu Kumar 1 for 17).

Life Insurance Corporation XUI: 97 all out in 18.4 overs (Ravinder Singh 10, Michael Vishal 22, Rajesh Patha 16, Nishant Singh 11, Waqas Ahmed 3 for 19, Mohd Amir 2 for 26, Khakarn Arsal 2 for 19, Saad Naseem 2 foir 11).

Lahore Lions win by 55 runs. Man of the Match: Khakan Arsal.

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