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Lahore Whites qualify for National T20 Cup final
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Lahore Whites qualify for National T20 Cup final

The Salman Butt-led Lahore Whites defeated Saeed Ajmal-led Faisalabad by 10 runs on Wednesday to qualify for the final of the National T20 Cup .

Asked to bat, Lahore Whites set a target of 143 runs with openers Kamran Akmal and Butt contributing heavily with 30 off 22 and 40 off 23. They struck a 69-partnership in seven overs before Akmal was caught-behind off Imran Khalid’s bowling.

The two had registered a record for the highest opening-partnership with an unbeaten 209-run stand against Islamabad in the group-stage.

None of the Lahore Whites’s batsmen below them put up a profound performance. Umar Akmal , who batted at one-drop, struck run-a-ball 35. He was at 16 off 28 balls at one stage which hampered his side from putting up a big total.

Faisalabad captain Ajmal returned 1/13 from four overs in what was the last match of his cricketing career .

Faisalabad lost their first wicket in the second over for nine runs when Sahibzada Farhan handed an easy catch to Umar Akmal off Ehsan Adil’s bowling. Sohaib Maqsood partnered with Gohar Ali, who was dropped at third-man earlier in the innings, for a 37-run second-wicket stand which brought the batting side back in the contest.

The partnership ended when Wahab Riaz got Ali in the sixth over. With both openers back in the pavilion for 46 runs, Maqsood kept his side’s hopes of securing a berth in the final alive, but they were shattered with the Multan-born falling in the 11th over to Aamir Yamin.

Imran Khalid tried to get Faisalabad’s chase back on track with his 12-ball 24 but his stay at the crease ended on the first ball of the penultimate over, bowled by Umaid Asif. The lanky bowler got rid of Yasir Shah a ball later which proved to be the final nail in the coffin.