Wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal laid a solid foundation for Lahore Region Whites scoring 93 runs as they beat Islamabad in the second semifinal match of the National T20 Cup at Multan Stadium on Monday.
Akmal struck eight boundaries and five sixes to help his team set a mammoth target which helped them qualify for the final of the tournament.
Islamabad after winning the toss invited Lahore W to bat first on a flat pitch which gave batsmen an edge. Skipper Akmal made the most of the opportunity and hammered the ball in almost all parts of the ground.
Ali Khan later supported him in death overs smashing six maximums and a boundary. He played a quick 22-ball 51 runs.
Right-arm fast bowler Sohail Khan who bowled the last over brilliantly took two wickets conceding 36 runs. Ahmed Bashir bagged one wicket.
In reply, Imad Wasim led Islamabad managed to reach 131 runs for the loss of eight wickets. Umar Gul with 30 runs was the highest scorer Islamabad.
Umaid Wasim, Amad Butt, and Bilal Asif shared two wickets apiece.
In the first semifinal of the tournament, Karachi Region Whites narrowly missed the chance to reach the title decider contest as they lost to Rawalpindi by just six runs.
Fawad Alam’s 52 runs also went in vain as it were not enough to take his side over the victory line. Karachi after winning the toss decided to field first.
Rawalpindi while batting first posted 157-9 in allotted 20 overs. Naveed Malik dominated with the bat smashing 90 runs off just 54 balls. Nine boundaries and five sixes were included to his brilliant innings which helped Rawalpindi reach a defendable total.
Saud Shakeel made 25 runs laced with two boundaries.
Raza Hasan, Mohammad Sami, and Rahat Ali took two wickets each for Rawalpindi.
In reply, Owais Zia gave a good start to the men in blue scoring 40 off 30 balls. Fawad Alam later tried hard to put his team in driving seat but failed to do so.
Hammad Azam took two scalps while Mohammad Nawaz bowled brilliantly taking a wicket and giving away just 16 runs in four overs.
Rawalpindi will now play Lahore Region Whites in the final match of National T20 Cup at Multan Stadium tomorrow (December 25).