Shahzaib strikes form as Wolves exitArchive
KARACHI: Long discarded Pakistan opener Shahzaib Hasan rediscovered his old touch with a crucial half-century as Karachi Dolphins signalled Faisalabad Wolves’ exit from the Cool & Cool presents Haier Super 8 T20 Cup with a six-wicket triumph in Faisalabad late on Saturday night.
The 25-year-old tall right-hander, who played in 10 Twenty20 International and three One-day Internationals in a brief career that prematurely ended in November 2010, lashed five sixes and a brace of fours in scoring 59 off 34 deliveries to play a pivotal role in chasing a modest target of 145 at the Iqbal Stadium.
The absence of regular skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who is preparing to tie nuptial knots on Tuesday, didn’t make any difference after the Wolves struggled to 144-9 in the last Group ‘B’ game that decided the remaining semi-final spot.
Shahzaib dominated early part of the innings during the run chase and when he was caught in the deep, the Dolphins were 90-3 in the 12th over. Thereafter, Rameez Raja (25 off 21 balls, four boundaries) and the talented left-hander Mohammad Waqas (22 not out from 16 balls, two fours and one six) completed the last rites in a stand of 49.
Earlier, Jahandad Khan’s maiden T20 half-century — 54 off 44 balls with the aid of five boundaries and two sixes — was the solitary bright spot as the Wolves were strangulated by tight bowling which was brilliantly utilised by stand-in Dolphins skipper Mohammad Sami.
Sami himself was inspirational in taking three wickets for 19 runs to lead by example.
Misbah-ul-Haq, the evergreen Wolves captain, added 56 for the third wicket with Jahandad before being dismissed for 30 (36 balls, two sixes and one four) in probably his last T20 appearance.
Bilal Shah c Fazal b Anwar 16 Khurram Shehzad c Hasan b Sami 4 Jahandad Khan c Asad b Sami 54 Misbah-u-Haq c Fazal b Faraz 30 Asif Ali c Shahzaib b Faraz 22 Ali Shan c Waqas b Anwar 8 Mohammad Talha c Waqas b Sami 0 Sadaqat Ali c Asad b Fawad 1 Samiullah Khan Niazi not out 1 Saeed Ajmal c Anwar b Fawad 0 Asad Ali not out 4
EXTRAS (B-1, W-1, NB-2) 4
TOTAL (for nine wkts, 20 overs) 144
FALL OF WKTS: 1-16, 2-20, 3-76, 4-113, 5-132, 6-132, 7-136, 8-138, 9-139.
BOWLING: Anwar Ali 4-0-47-2; Mohammad Sami 4-0-19-3; Abdul Ameer 4-0-16-0; Fawad Khan 4-0-30-2 (1w); Faraz Ahmed Khan 4-0-31-2 (1nb).
Fazal Subhan c Talha b Samiullah 6 Shahzaib Hasan c sub b Saeed 59 Asad Shafiq c Ali Shan b Sadaqat 17 Rameez Raja c sub b Sadaqat 25 Mohammad Waqas not out 22 Anwar Ali not out 3
EXTRAS (LB-3, W-10, NB-2) 15
TOTAL (for four wkts, 17.5 overs) 147
FALL OF WKTS: 1-25, 2-62, 3-90, 4-139.
DID NOT BAT: Mohammad Hasan, Mohammad Sami, Faraz Ahmed Khan, Fawad Khan, Abdul Ameer.
BOWLING: Samiullah Khan Niazi 3-0-20-1 (2w); Asad Ali 3.5-0-37-0 (1nb, 1w); Saeed Ajmal 3-0-34-1 (1w); Sadaqat Ali 4-1-17-2; Mohammad Talha 4-0-36-0 (2w).
RESULT: Karachi Dolphins won six wickets.
UMPIRES: Ahmed Shahab and Tahir Hussain.
TV UMPIRE: Ahsan Raza.
MATCH REFEREE: Mohammad Anees.
MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Shahzaib Hasan.
Published in Dawn, May 18th, 2015
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