CLT20 Qualifying Round 3rd Match: Northern Districts crush Lahore with sensational all-round performance

Southee was named Man of the Match for his impressive bowling figures of 3-22

Southee was named Man of the Match for his impressive bowling figures of 3-22

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The Northern Districts produced a sensational all-round performance in Raipur to crush the Lahore Lions by 72 runs.

Nothern Districts captain Daniel Flynn and wicketkeeper BJ Watling starred with the bat as they both scored 53, while pace bowler Tim Southee excelled with the ball, taking three early wickets.

However, Lahore batsman Saad Nasim deserves some credit as he stood tall amongst the rubble and scored a valiant 58.

Lahore captain Mohammad Hafeez would have been pleased with his decision to bowl first after Northern Districts opener Anton Devcich was caught by Wahab Riaz at mid-off off the bowling of Asif Raza for nine runs.

Kane Williamson scored 14 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Aizaz Cheema.

Daniel Harris managed to make 20 runs before he was caught and bowled by Hafeez.

Flynn and Watling stabilised the innings with a 90-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Flynn was stumped by Umar Akmal off the bowling of Adnan Rasool.

Flynn’s brilliant knock of 53 came off 30 balls and included five boundaries and two sixes.

Flynn led by example with his knock of 53

Flynn led by example with his knock of 53

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Watling ended up making 53 off 37 deliveries, which included seven boundaries and a six, before he was caught by Ahmed Shehzad at long-on off the bowling of Cheema.

Watling hammered seven boundaries and a six during his innings of 53

Watling hammered seven boundaries and a six during his innings of 53

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Cheema struck again the very next ball when Scott Styris was also caught by Shehzad at long-on, but only for 14 runs.

Thanks to Flynn and Watling, Northern Districts finished on 170/6 off their 20 overs.

Cheema was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Rasool, Raza and Hafeez chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 171 to win, Lahore got off to a horrible start as opening batsman Nasir Jamshed was clean bowled by Southee for five runs.

Shehzad only made two runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Trent Boult.

Hafeez failed to save his team as he was also caught behind, but only off the bowling of Southee for five runs.

Things went from bad to worse for Lahore when Akmal was cleaned up by Boult for one run.

Umar Siddiq fared no better as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Southee for three runs.

However, Siddiq should not have been given out since he got an inside edge before the ball hit his pads.

Raza mustered five runs before he was caught by Daryl Mitchell at deep midwicket off the bowling of Styris. However, Southee deserves all the credit for the catch being completed as he took it initially, balanced himself right next to the boundary rope and tossed it to Mitchell in spectacular fashion before tumbling over the boundary.

Riaz made two runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Ish Sodhi.

Imran Ali accumulated eight runs before he was caught by Williamson at cover off the bowling of Sodhi.

Rasool made four runs before he was run out by Flynn.

Lahore were bowled out for 98, which is their lowest total in Twenty20 cricket, when Nasim was run out by Boult for 58, which came off 40 balls and included four boundaries and a six.

Southee was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Boult and Sodhi snapped up two wickets apiece and Styris claimed one.

Hafeez was embarrassed to watch his team be demolished so easily, and said: “Our bowlers didn’t bowl well, they [Northern Districts] batted well. They scored 170 on a pitch like that, we didn’t play smart cricket. We didn’t bowl in the right areas, we lost early wickets and we couldn’t recover. We have to improve, fielding is one of the areas.”

Flynn was thrilled with his team’s performance, and said: “Today was a fantastic performance. The pitch was a little bit tacky, but we just played it out. It was a matter of time before Boult and Southee did this sort of damage, and we hope they can repeat it.”

Southee was named Man of the Match, and said: “[About the catch] There was a bit of luck there as well, you have limited time to think, which is a good thing as well, your instincts take over. “

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