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Lahore Lions Knock Dolphins Out

Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal's unbeaten half-century helped Lahore put a winning score on the board
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Lahore Lions 164-5 (Umar Akmal 73no) beat
Dolphins 148-9 (Frylinck 63no) by 16 runs
Champions League T20 Group A, Bangalore

Lahore Lions beat Dolphins by 16 runs to knock the South African side out of the Champions League T20 and keep their own hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive.

However, they may yet live to rue not finishing off their opponents, who closed on 148 for nine chasing 165 despite having been reduced to 93 for nine.

On his birthday, Robbie Frylinck cracked an unbeaten 63 in 27 balls to frustrate Lahore before they eventually closed out their second win of the tournament.

They had earlier seen Umar Akmal's 73 not out in 45 balls rescue them from a poor start to post 164 for five.

He hit five fours and five fours, coming in after his side had slumped to 34 for four - Frylinck picking up three wickets during Lahore's innings.

Saad Nasim offered Akmal support by hitting 43 in 26 balls before he became Frylinck's third victim.

Morné van Wyk then hit 36 to get the Dolphins chase moving but the South Africans lost wickets against Lahore's spinners.

Nasim returned two for 19, Mohammad Hafeez two for 18, Mustafa Iqbal two for 21 and Adnan Rasool one for 13 as Dolphins went from 56 for three to 93 for nine in the 16th over.

But as Lahore looked set to pick up a huge victory and give their net run-rate a boost, Frylinck's defiance made them wait as Lahore's seamers proved far less effective than their spinners.

Frylinck struck four fours and six sixes as he almost kept his side in the game before he ran out of time.

While Dolphins have now become the first side to be knocked out of the competition, Lahore must wait for the result of the Chennai Super Kings-Perth Scorchers match to see exactly what they will need to do to progress.

Their final game against Perth could be a virtual knockout clash should Perth beat Chennai but if Chennai beat Perth, then Lahore would need to win and make sure they better Chennai's net run-rate.

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