CLT20 19th Match: Perth deny Lahore opportunity to reach semi-finals

Marsh led by example as he excelled with both the bat and ball

Marsh led by example as he excelled with both the bat and ball

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The Perth Scorchers denied the Lahore Lions an opportunity to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) after the beat them by three wickets in Bangalore.

Perth stand-in captain Mitchell Marsh led by example as he smashed a game-winning 63 and took two wickets.

However, Lahore batsman Saad Nasim deserves a lot of credit for his valiant knock of 69.

Marsh would have been thrilled with his decision to bowl first as he and Joel Paris sliced through Lahore’s top order, leaving them reeling at 11/4.

Umar Akmal somewhat stemmed the bleeding with his knock of 26 before he was caught by Jason Behrendorff, who was the substitute fielder, at deep midwicket off the bowling of Brad Hogg.

Nasim and Mohammad Saeed steered the innings back in the right direction with a 48-run partnership, during which Nasim brought up his half-century, before Saeed was clean bowled by Paris for 20.

Thanks to Nasim’s unbeaten knock of 69, which came off 55 balls and included seven boundaries and a six, Lahore finished on 124/6 off their 20 overs.

Nasim struck seven boundaries and a six during his gutsy knock of 69

Nasim struck seven boundaries and a six during his gutsy knock of 69

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Paris was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Marsh snapped up two and Hogg chipped in with one.

Since Lahore only managed to make 124 runs, they had to bowl Perth out for 78 runs or less to qualify for the semi-finals.

It looked like they were about the achieve the impossible when Perth were reduced to 62/7 in the 13th over.

This is where Marsh and Hogg turned things around in dramatic fashion as they smashed the Lahore bowlers all over the ground.

The pair ended up amassing an unbeaten 68-run partnership at a brilliant run rate of 9.95 to lead Perth to a spectacular come-from-behind victory.

Marsh and Hogg lead Perth to victory with their unbeaten 68-run partnership

Marsh and Hogg lead Perth to victory with their unbeaten 68-run partnership

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Marsh finished on 63 off just 38 balls, which included seven boundaries and three sixes, while Hogg remained undefeated on 28 off 19 deliveries, which included two boundaries and two sixes.

Lahore captain Mohammad Hafeez and Mustafa Iqbal picked up two wickets apiece, while Aizaz Cheema and Nasim claimed one wicket each.

Hafeez was gutted to have missed out on the semi-finals, and said: “We were short on the board. We played bad shots, but I feel our spinners brought us back in. Mitchell Marsh played his shots and turned it their way. We didn’t play good shots at the top, which put pressure on the boys, but Umar Akmal and Nasim had an exceptional tournament. There was dew towards the end, which made it difficult, but we had the chances and we believe Mitch Marsh made all the difference. We are proud of what we have achieved here.”

Marsh, who was also named Man of the Match, was ecstatic to have ended the tournament on a high, and said: “It certainly was tight. Certainly not the start we would have wanted. Those totals are not always easy, and they have an experienced bowling line-up. Joel has announced himself, and he has a massive future. Just had a bit of a tight hammie, fingers crossed all will be good. It has been fantastic. Although we lost those two close games, we took a lot out of them. We are a young side. There is a lot to take out of this tournament for us.”

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