KARACHI - Lahore Lions capitalised on a middling batting performance from Abbottabad Falcons to march to a seven-wicket win that helped them climb to the top of Group D and set up a semi-final clash with Multan Tigers. Lions ended on four points from three games - similar to Falcons - but progressed due to a better net run-rate.

Put in to bat, Falcons were dismissed for 131 and were in danger of being bowled out for a smaller total before a 10-ball 24-run partnership between Adnan Raees and Ahmed Jamal for the eighth wicket propelled them at the end. Both batsmen were the only ones in the line-up to score more than 20 as the Lions bowlers kept chipping away at the wickets.

Emmad Ali and Qaiser Ashraf struck twice each while Mohammad Aftab, Mohammad Irfan and Azhar Ali took one apiece.

Hamza Paracha did not take a wicket but was the most economical Lions bowler, conceding only nine off three overs.

Kamran Akmal's boundary-filled 39 helped Lions tide over the early dismissal of Muntazir Mehdi, while Azhar's unbeaten 28-ball 32 steered the chase to a a close in the 18th over.

Lahore Eagles' bowlers set the team up for their first win of the season, after they beat AJK Jaguars by seven wickets in Karachi. Five of Eagles' bowlers went at under six an over, as they struck at regular intervals to restrict Jaguars to 105 for 6.

Jaguars' captain Raheel Majeed top-scored with a 46-ball 53, but none of the other batsmen could produce more than 18, as the lack of a big partnership hurt the team. Legspinner Usman Qadir was the pick of Eagles' bowlers and ended with figures of 4-0-18-2.

Eagles began the chase brightly, as the openers Sami Aslam (42) and Mohammad Naeem (34) raced to 79 in 8.1 overs.

The team lost three wickets in quick succession, but Hussain Talat slammed a run-a-ball 15 to guide Eagles home with 33 balls to spare.