CLT20 14th Match: Akmal knocks Dolphins out of CLT20

Akmal walloped five boundaries and five sixes during his unbeaten knock of 73

Akmal walloped five boundaries and five sixes during his unbeaten knock of 73

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Lahore Lions wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Akmal smashed a game-winning 73 to not only lead his side to a 16-run win over the Sunfoil Dolphins in Bangalore, but also knock them out of the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20).

However, Dolphins all-rounder Robbie Frylinck deserve some credit as he hammered a valiant 63 and took three wickets.

Lahore captain Mohammad Hafeez would have been regretting his decision to bat first early on after he, Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed and Agha Salman were all back in the pavilion with only 34 runs on the board.

Akmal and Saad Nasim steered the innings back in the right direction with a 92-run partnership, during which Akmal brought up his half-century, before Nasim was given out lbw off the bowling of Frylinck.

Nasim’s brilliant knock of 43 came off 26 balls and included three boundaries and three sixes.

Thanks to Akmal’s unbeaten knock of 73, which came off 45 deliveries and included five boundaries and five sixes, Lahore finished on 164/5 off their 20 overs.

Frylinck was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Kyle Abbott and Cameron Delport chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 165 to win, the Dolphins’ entire batting line-up, with the exception of Frylinck, skipper Morne van Wyk and batsman Jonathan Vandiar, failed to make it to double figures.

Van Wyk managed to score 36 runs before he was caught by Mustafa Iqbal at short third man off the bowling of Nasim.

Vandiar mustered 29 runs before he was caught by Iqbal at deep midwicket off the bowling of Adnan Rasool.

Frylinck meanwhile was involved in an unbeaten 55-run partnership with Prenelan Subrayen as he tried to carry his team over the finish line, but failed to do so.

Frylinck ended up finishing on 63 off just 27 balls, which included four boundaries and six sixes.

Frylinck's superb innings of 63 went in vain

Frylinck’s superb innings of 63 went in vain

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Hafeez, Iqbal and Nasim snapped up two wickets apiece, while Rasool and Wahab Riaz claimed one wicket each.

Van Wyk was disappointed with his team’s performance, and said: “We just haven’t clicked, we arrived and prepared really well. The Perth game could have been so different so easily, and you know what the consequences of that might have been [he’s talking about those sixes off the last two balls from Mitchell Marsh].”

Hafeez was pleased to have won the match, and said: “It’s a beautiful game of cricket and we know that T20 can give you anything. Umar Akmal was exceptionally good and Saad Nasim gave him excellent support. Everyone chipped in very well. We were very confident, we knew we had very good spinners, and they have done a really good job.”

Akmal was named Man of the Match.

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