Khakan Arsal props up Lahore Lions

Sirsa, Sep 12 (UNI) Precariously placed at 9 for 3 after 3.5 overs, the Lahore Lions, put in to bat by the Life Insurance Corporation, were bolstered by Khakan Arsal, who played a superb innings of 52 in the first day-night semi-final of the inaugural Jannayak Chaudhary Devi Lal International Twenty20 Cricket Tournament at the JCD National Cricket Academy here on tonight.

The Lahore Lions made a disastrous start, as their openers Babar Bhindra and Faisal Javed were out for duck in 1.4 overs. Muntzar Mehdi too failed to impress with the bat and returned to the pavilion by contributing just five runs and side's total was 9 after 3.5 overs.

With Khakan Arsal and Rashid Riaz then stemmed the rot with a 44-run partnership for the fourth wicket stand. They carried the score to 53 in 9.5 overs before this partnership was broken as Rajesh Patha dismissed Rashid for 25. He faced 22 deliveries and hit four fours.

Khakan Arsal was joined by Adnan Raza and their fifth- wicket partnership yielded 48 runs. Khakan Arsal's breezy knocked of 52 off 41 balls contained seven fours and one six.

Later tailenders Shabaz Bhutt (14) and Waqas Ahmed (21) made valuale contribution to prop up their team's total fo 152 in 20 overs.

Arun Singh bowled a superb line and length. He was the most successful bowler with a haul of five wickets for 29 runs in four overs. Rajesh Patha captured two wickets for 31 runs in three overs.

The match was twice interrupted due to light failure.

Brief scores: Lahore Lions (Pakistan): 152 for 8 in 20 overs (Rashid Riaz 25, Kharkan Arsal 52, 4x4s, Adnan Raza 13, Shabaz Bhutt 14, Waqas Ahmed 21, Rajesh Patha 2 for 31, Arun Singh 5 for 29, Bablu Kumar 1 for 17).


Story first published: Saturday, September 13, 2008, 0:03 [IST]
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