Friday 20 September 2013 

CLT20: Faisalabad End With A Victory

Misbah-ul-Haq of Pakistan
Misbah-ul-Haq struck an unbeaten 93 to set up a 10-run win over Kandurata Maroons
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Faisalabad Wolves 146-6 (Misbah-ul-Haq 93no) beat
Kandurata Maroons 136-7 by 10 runs
Champions League T20 Qualifier, Mohali

Neither Faisalabad Wolves nor Kandurata Maroons could qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 but that didn't stop them producing a tight contest in the penultimate match in the qualifiers.

For the third match in a row, Misbah-ul-Haq comfortably top scored for Faisalabad, this time with 93 not out, and this time his bowlers ensured his effort was a match-winning one.

Defending 146 for six, they held Kandurata to 136 for seven as Ehsan Adil took three for 25 and Imran Khalid two for 27.

Kumar Sangakkara struck 44 for the Sri Lankans before their challenge faded and they head home with the unwanted record of three defeats in three matches.

Batting first, Faisalabad made another poor start as Ali Waqas (0) and Asif Ali (10) fell to Nuwan Kulasekara, who had both men caught behind by Sangakkara before Ammar Mahmood was dismissed by Dilhara Lokuhettige for 10 to leave the Maroons on 22 for three.

Misbah then almost single-handedly hauled Faisalabad up to a competitive score by blasting six fours and five sixes in a destructive 60-ball innings.

He was given some support by Mohammad Salman, who hit a run-a-ball 21 before Lokuhettige struck twice more to return figures of three for 21.

With Upul Tharanga hitting 25 in 27 balls and Sangakkara making 44 in 36 after losing Thilina Kandamby to Asad Ali without scoring, the Maroons were setting up a solid foundation for their run chase.

However, Faisalabad came back, Adil removing Lahiru Thirimanne and Sangakkara falling to Khalid to leave the Sri Lankans on 83 for four in the 15th over.

Chamara Silva fought hard to counter-attack with 25 in 24 balls, while Lokuhettige weighed in with 14 in 16 but Silva's stumping in the 17th over and Lokuhettige's run out in the final over ensured the game was Faisalabad's.

They capped it off when Adil bowled Milinda Siriwardene for 19 with the final ball of the match.

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