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Mitchell Marsh Knocks Lahore Lions Out

Mitchell Marsh
Mitchell Marsh, captaining Perth in the absence of Adam Voges, led by example with a brilliant half-century
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Perth Scorchers 130-7 (Marsh 63no) beat
Lahore Lions 124-6 by three wickets
Champions League T20 Group A, Bangalore

For a brief time, Lahore Lions looked as if they were on course for the Champions League T20 semi-finals before Perth Scorchers, led by stand-in captain Mitchell Marsh, scuppered their hopes to send Chennai Super Kings through.

After making 124 for six the Pakistan side needed to dismiss Perth for 78 or less to lift their net run-rate ahead of Chennai's.

They reduced the Australians to 40 for six before Marsh and Brad Hogg came together to guide Perth past 78 and on to a three-wicket win with an over to spare.

Joel Paris returned three for 22 and Marsh two for 12 as Lahore, aside from Saad Nasim, who made 69 not out in 55 balls, batted poorly.

Nasir Jamshed (1), Usman Siddiq (1), Mohammad Hafeez (0) and Wahab Riaz (0) departed early to leave their reeling at 11 for four.

Nasim, who hit seven fours and a six, rebuilt the innings with support from Umar Akmal (26) and Mohammad Saeed (20) before Akmal was caught in the deep and Paris returned to bowl Saeed.

Although 125 was far from a stiff target, Perth's top-order batsmen struggled just as much as Lahore's had and they too were in big trouble early on.

Hafeez had Craig Simmons caught by Siddiq without scoring and Sam Whiteman spooned a catch to Asif Raza off Aizaz Cheema.

Left-armer Mustafa Iqbal then struck to remove Ashton Turner (4) and Cameron Bancroft (22) and when Ashton Agar was bowled for five by Hafeez and Hilton Cartwright was stumped off Nasim, Perth were 40 for six.

Qualification was still on for Lahore, but Marsh, leading the side in the absence of Adam Voges, Yasir Arafat and Hogg had other ideas.

Marsh scored a boundary immediately and after Arafat was run out for three, he combined with Hogg to put on 68 in 41 balls for the eighth wicket and end Lahore's chances.

He then raced to a 35-ball half-century, scoring his 1,000th T20 run in the process, hitting a glorious lofted drive for six to level the scores in the penultimate over.

He then repeated the trick to hand Perth a fine win, ending not out on 63 in 38 balls alongside Hogg, who needed 19 balls to hit 28.

Hafeez finished with figures of two for eight, Iqbal two for 20, Cheema one for 18 and Nasim one for 26.

Hobart Hurricanes will play Kolkata Knight Riders in the first semi-final on Thursday (2nd October) before Chennai Super Kings take on Kings XI Punjab.

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