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Lahore Lions Beat Mumbai Indians

Umar Akmal celebrates
Umar Akmal blasted quick runs to see the Lahore Lions over the finishing line
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Lahore Lions 139-4 (Umar Akmal 38no) beat
Mumbai Indians 135-7 by six wickets
CLT20 2014 Qualifier, Raipur

Pakistan's Lahore Lions beat reigning champions the Mumbai Indians by six wickets in the second game of the Champions League T20 2014 Qualifier in Raipur.

Reigning champions Mumbai were reduced to 23 for three batting first and eventually closed on a score of 135 for seven.

Lahore then chased down their target with eight balls to spare with Umar Akmal crunching an unbeaten 38 in just 18 balls.

After Mumbai threatened to fight back with the ball, the last 22 balls Lahore faced went for 58 runs as they put themselves in with a good chance of qualifying for the main event.

Already light on batting due to the absence thanks to the injury to Rohit Sharma, Mumbai were in trouble when they lost Lendl Simmons (7), Jalaj Saxena (0) and Ambati Rayudu (3) early on.

Mike Hussey made 28 to help rebuild the innings before Aditya Tare's 37, Harbhajan Singh's 18 and Praveen Kumar's 20 not out in 14 balls hauled them up to their eventual score, not that it ever looked like being enough.

An impressive performance in the field by Lahore was led by Aizaz Cheema (2-22) and Wahab Riaz (2-31) and there was also a wicket apiece for Asif Raza and Imran Ali.

In reply, the experienced top order set the platform for Lahore with Ahmed Shehzad hitting 26 in 24 balls, Nasir Jamshed 34 in 33 and Mohammad Hafeez 18 in 21.

However, a brace of wickets from Pragyan Ojha and one apiece from Harbhajan and Kieron Pollard, kept the game alive and meant that at 100 for four with four overs to go, Lahore still had plenty of work to do.

Fortunately for them, Akmal was equal to the task, booming Lasith Malinga over cover for one of his two maximums, also hitting four fours to seal victory in the penultimate over.

Raza completed a fine all-round performance with an unbeaten 14 in seven balls at the other end.

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