Sports, Cricket News : Faisalabad Wolves will leave Indian shores with their heads held a little higher than the Kandurata Maroons after the Pakistan side got the better of the Sri Lankans by 10 runs in their final CLT20 qualifier in Mohali on Friday.
Misbah-ul-Haq, who else, was the chief architect for Faisalabad in the first innings scoring a brilliant 93 not out from 60 balls to guide his side to 146 for six in 20 overs.
In reply, the Kandurata Maroons just could not click into gear, finishing on 136 for seven to suffer their third loss in as many matches, with both sides now heading home after crashing out of the CLT20 early.
Kandurata have been quite decent with the bat in this tournament, but this time around, it did not quite go according to plan.
Upul Tharanga, the top scorer from the last game, failed to click at the top of the order, with opening partner Thilina Kandamby also failing to impress.
Kandamby fell early, lbw to Asad Ali, after Tharanga had smashed the bowler for three consecutive fours in the over.
Tharanga and Kumar Sangakkara looked to settle things down and build a platform for the final assault, but Ehsan Adil (three for 25) dismissed Tharanga (25, 27b, 4×4) in the eighth over, while skipper Lahiru Thirimanne did not last too long either, leaving the match completely in Sangakkara’s hands.
The graceful left-hander though was just left with too much to do, and as the run rate kept climbing up a false shot was inevitable with the wicket falling in the 15th over as Sangakkara’s (44, 36b, 4×4, 1×6) innings came to an end.
Lokuhettige and Chamara Silva did their best to cut down the equation, but with Kandurata needing well over ten runs an over, it was never going to possible as Faisalabad went home with at least one victory under their belts. Agencies