LAHORE – Misbahul Haq played a captain’s innings to steer Faisalabad Wolves to impressive seven-wicket triumph over Karachi Dolphins in the Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup match here at the Gaddafi Stadium Thursday.

Chasing a target of 158, Wolves’ start was not up to the mark as they lost their first wicket for just two runs when Farrukh Shehzad was run out by Anwar Ali. They faced another loss in fifth over when Azam Hussain showed Khurram Shehzad pavilion when he scored eight runs. Ali Waqas, who is one of the most successful batsmen of this domestic season, once again played a sensible innings and gathered 39 runs off 40 balls with two fours and two sixes. Ali and Misbah added 67 runs for the third-wicket before Ali lost his wicket when Akbarur Rehman bowled him out. The impressive 73-run fourth-wicket partnership between Misbah and Imran Khalid proved good enough for Wolves to register a seven-wicket victory. Misbah struck superb unbeaten 85 runs off 47 balls laced with six fours and five sixes.

In another match, Hammad Azam’s superb bowling led Rawalpindi Rams to a 20-run victory under the Duckworth-Lewis method. Rams, put into bat first, scored 145-5 in 18 overs as two overs were reduced due to rain. Naved Malik was top scorer for Rams as he smashed 24-ball 29 runs hitting five fours while captain Sohail Tanveer hammered 16-ball 28 runs. Bilal Khilji grabbed three wickets for 24 runs while Fahad Masood and Kashif Siddiq took one wicket apiece. In reply, Stags were bowled out for meagre 96 runs. Hammad took three wickets for 23 runs and was ably assisted by captain Tanveer (2-11) and Umar Amin (2-15). Only Kashif Siddiq (45) and Imran Ullah Aslam (15) managed to reach double figures.

In the last match, Adnan Rasool’s four-wicket haul guided Lahore Lions to three-wicket win over Abbottabad Falcons. Adnan (4-21) restricted Falcons to paltry 94 runs in 20 overs. Lahore Lions were off to a flying start as they made 19 runs in 1.5 overs. Nasir Jamshed lost his wicket on the last delivery of the second over at the hands of Ikramullah Khan for seven runs. Ahmed Shahzad and Umar Akmal then added 51 runs for the second-wicket. After Umar and Ahmed, no player resisted the Falcons’ bowlers and kept on losing their wickets cheaply. Hafeez, who gave chance to youngsters, came very late and securely took his team to home.