|Posted by FALCONZ on July 2, 2011 at 8:35 AM|
Rawalpindi Rams became the new Pakistan Twenty20 Champions 2011 for the first time after clinching the Faysal Bank National Twenty20 Cup crown at Iqbal Stadium Faisalabad.
It was sensational win for Rawalpindi Rams at the end of a thrilling final. They ran around the field in a victory lap. Thoroughly deserving win, they held their nerve in the super over, both with bat and ball. Karachi will be left wondering, what if, but that's the way Twenty20 goes. It was a thrilling match final of the tournament which began with Karachi Dolphins putting in to bat first. Asad Shafiq gave a brisk start to Dolphins with his brilliant 36 runs laced with six fours. Soon after their wicket fell at 24 runs, Rameez Raja took the responsibility and scored impressive 64 runs with the help of four fours and five sixes and was ably assisted by Khalid Latif who remained unbeaten with 36 runs. Rawalpindi gifted 13 extras runs to their opponents. For Rams, Raza Hasan was the main wicket taker who grabbed three wickets for 24. Karachi Dolphins scored 164-5 in 20 Overs target for Rawalpindi rams is 165. Rawalpindi Rams’ start was not off the mark as they lost two of their wickets earlier on 11 runs But opener Awais Zia carried on his superb innings scoring 43 runs wrapped with seven fours and one six. Later, Umar Amin took the responsibility and remained unbeaten on 32 runs with the help of one six. Adnan Mufti (31) and Hammad Azam (23) batted well but Sohail Khan (five wickets for 23) and Azam Hussain (two wickets for 31) stopped Rams to chase target and result was match draw. In super over, Rawalpindi batted first and gave the target of 17 runs. In reply, Khalid Latif hit six on first ball but caught out on the next one. Raza Hasan bowled tightly and didn’t give any chance to Dolphins to score.
Batsman: Rameez Raja (Karachi Dolphins)
Bowler: Sohail Khan (Karachi Dolphins)
Fielders: Misbahul Haq (Faisalabad Wolves) and Rameez Raja (Karachi Dolphins)
Wicket-keepers: Kamran Akmal (Lahore Lions) and Sarfraz Ahmed (Karachi Dolphins)