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Lahore Win Puts Southern Express Out

Mohammad Hafeez appeals for a wicket
Mohammad Hafeez followed up a half-century with a wicket as Lahore beat Southern Express
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Lahore Lions 164-6 (M Hafeez 67) beat
Southern Express 109 by 55 runs
CLT20 2014 qualifier, Raipur

Lahore Lions beat Southern Express by 55 runs in game five of the Champions League T20 2014 qualifying tournament, a result which means the Sri Lankans are out.

Lahore now face a nervous wait with their progress riding on the result of the final game between the Mumbai Indians and Northern Districts.

Batting first, they scored 164 for six before Southern Express were dismissed for 109 in 18 overs, the Pakistan side claiming a comprehensive win.

Mohammad Hafeez led the way for Lahore, striking 67 in 40 balls to set up their total. Coming to the crease at 51 for two, he hit five fours and four sixes.

Saad Nasim hit 31 in 25 balls, Ahmed Shehzad made 29 in 21 and Umar Akmal a quickfire 11 in eight balls at the death.

Farveez Maharoof returned three for 28 while Dilruwan Perera was arguably the most impressive bowler on show, conceding just nine runs from his two overs.

Southern Express were quickly in trouble in reply, however, as Aizaz Cheema (3-15) ripped through their top order to dismiss Tillakaratne Sampath (18), Kusal Perera (8) and Danushka Gunathilaka (0).

From 36 for three, they tried to recover, but despite Jehan Mubarak's 35, they fell well short with only Angelo Perera (16), Sampath (18) and Ishan Jayaratne (16) also making double figures.

Wahab Riaz (2-20), Adnan Rasool (2-32), Imran Ali (1-14) and Hafeez (1-26) also took wickets for Lahore.

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