LAHORE - Shoaib Malik-led Sialkot Stallions overcame late fightback from Karachi Dolphins to clinch the RBS National Twenty20 Cup here at the Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday night. This was probably a game within the game - with skippers of both the sides fighting a battle of captaincy. Malik's hold on the captaincy of national side has been dwindling and the man likely to replace him was Shahid Afridi, the captain of Karachi Dolphins. At this time point of time, this win would help establish Malik's credentials especially with a thumping win over a side captained by Afridi. Shoaib Malik and his brother Adeel Malik helped Stallions keep the title for the third time. With the new PCB chairman Ijaz Butt watching the match, the Stallions regained the title which they near-missed in the inaugural edition in 2004, when Malik threw the match to manipulate Lahore's exit and later admitted the mistake that led to his reprimand. Now Sialkot Stallions will be the Pakistan's team to play in the Champions League to be held in India later next year after their seven wickets win. Dolphins made 125 and Stallions reached 126 in 19.4 overs losing three wickets. Sialkot Stallions approach in its run chase was quite positive and was not in any mood to take risks right from the start. One of their openers Faisal Naveed was run out when the score was 17. The other opener Stallions, Kamran Yousuf kept the runs coming with his straight bat along with Mansoor Amjad till they reached 59 in the 11th over. They went for a single and in an attempt for a second run, Kamran was found far off the crease by Afridi at 31. He sliced the ball to deep point, took the first run and comes back for the second run but was sent back. Tahir at deep point threw the ball to keeper keeper Sarfraz who with under arm throw passed it on to Afridi and the rest was history. Shoaib Malik joined Amjad (then at 22) but when the score reached 91 for two in 16 overs with Dolphins coming into the game bowling to the line, Mansoor Amjad was compelled to leave the ground due to back hamstring injury. He was at 39 off 35 balls. The change in the batting order did hurt the Stallions, which gave Dolphins a chance to stage a come back in the game. And in the process they lost their third wicket. But Malik (19) and his younger brother Adeel Malik (23) brought 16 off the 19th over when 20 was required off 12 ball, which made things easy for the last over. Earlier, Fawad Alam played a role of a saviour for Karachi Dolphins they crumbled at 45 for three. He alone steadied the innings to set a base for 125 runs in which Kashif Latif made 15 and Naumanullah 14 did little with the bat. That left all eyes on Fawad and Shahid Afridi, however, the former played his part but the latter, who fits the most for this format of the game, made just 12 with the addition of one boundary. The second biggest contributor after Fawad turned out to be Sarfraz Ahmed, who made 16 while Tahir Khan added useful 12 coming down the order. Dolphins set a target of 126 runs for the Stallions for win the RBS final. Stallions bowling attack was a team effort. They one after the other dented the Dolphins line-up keeping right line. There was some lapses in the field but still contained the score. Sarfraz broke the opening partnership in the fifth over by taking the wicket of Khurrum Manzoor for seven, when the total was 19. The Shoaib Malik took the ball after Kashif Raza did nothing to bring success. Malik in his alternate over had one wicket each. Sarfraz again struck for his second wicket and that of Fawad, which also jolted the Dolphins progress. Then Kashif Raza, Kamran Younis and Abdur Rehman grabbed one wicket each.   SCOREBOARD KARACHI DOLPHINS INNING    R     B     4S     6S Khurrum Manzoor c Amjad b Sarfraz     7    19    0    0 Khalid Latif  lbw b Malik     15     16     1     0 Naumanullah c Rehman b Malik     14     19     0     0 Fawad Alam b Sarfraz    40     31     3     0 Shahid Afridi c Malik b Younis     12     9     1     0 Sarfraz Ahmed c Ayub b Raza     16     10     2     0 Tariq Haroon run out (Adeel)     1     1     0     0 Anwar Ali b Rehman     3     5     0     0 Tahir Khan run out (Ansar)     12     9     0     0 Sohail Khan not out     1     1     0     0 Did not bat: Malik Aftab EXTRAS: (W- 4, NB- 0, LB- 0, B- 0)     4      TOTAL: 20 Overs  9 wickets     125      Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Khurram Manzoor, 4.3 ov), 2-31 (Khalid Latif, 7.5 ov), 3-45 (Naumanullah, 9.5 ov), 4-62 (Shahid Afridi, 12.2 ov), 5-90 (Sarfraz Ahmed, 15.2 ov), 6-94 (Tariq Haroon, 15.5 ov), 7-102 (Anwar Ali, 17.2 ov), 8-123 (Fawad Alam, 19.4 ov) BOWLING: Sarfraz Ahmed     4-0-23-2 Kasif Raza     4-0-16-1 Abdur Rehman     4-0-22-1 Shoaib Malik     4-0-29-2 Kamran Younis     4-0-35-1 SIALKOT STALLIONS INNING    R     B     4S     6S Kamran Younis run out (Tahir)     31     37     3     1 Faisal Naveed run out (Manzoor)     3     9     0     0 Mansoor Amjad retired hurt     39     35     4     0 Shoaib Malik not out    19     23     0     0 Qaiser Abbas c Anwar b Afridi     5     3     1     0 Adeel Malik not out    23     11     1     2 Did not bat: Shakeel Ansar, Kashif Raza, Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Ayub, Sarfaraz Ahmed. EXTRAS: (W- 4, NB- 0, LB- 2, B- 0)     6      TOTAL: (19.4 Overs 3 wickets)     126      Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Faisal Naved, 3.4 ov), 2-58 (Kamran Younis, 10.5 ov), 3-97 (Qaiser Abbas, 16.5 ov) BOWLING: Anwar Ali     4-0-33-0 Sohail Khan     3.4-0-19-0 Malik Aftab     4-0-20-0 Tariq Haroon     1-0-13-0 Shahid Afridi     4-0-19-1 Fawad Alam     2-0-12-0 Tahir Khan     1-0-8-0 Toss: Karachi Dolphins, decided to bat first   Result: Sialkot Stallions won by seven wickets.   Man of the match: Shoaib Malik Umpires: Aleem Dar, Nadeem Ghauri Referee: Abdul Sami Khan  Scorer Abdul Hameed, Tahir Suhaib.