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Faisalabad Wolves clinch Twenty20 title

Published: Sunday, May 1, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Lahore:Faisalabad Wolves held their nerves to defeat a generous but spirited Karachi Dolphins by two wickets in the final of Pakistan's inaugural Twenty20 Cup at a packed-to-capacity Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) could not have hoped for a better script to the grand finale that went to the wire as the Wolves, chasing 159 for victory, romped home with one ball and two wickets to spare after Dolphins put down nearly half a dozen catches on Saturday.

The winners required 16 runs from the last two overs and then three runs from the final three balls of the match.Wolves' left-arm spinner Saeed Ajmal, for his bowling figures of three for 29, was adjudged Man of the Match.

Put into bat, Karachi Dolphins managed a respectable 158 for seven, thanks to another gritty innings by skipper Moin Khan, who scored a 40-ball 49, including five fours and a six.

In turn, the Wolves were off to a brisk start when they raced to 113 for four from 13 overs. Nevertheless, Moin Khan's shrewd captaincy pulled things back for Dolphins but the Karachiites showed greasy palms and floored no less than half a dozen catches that turned out to be the difference between the two teams.

Pakistan's One-day specialist Mohammad Hafeez top scored for Wolves with a 24-ball 38 while Asif Husain scored 37.The event was undoubtedly a huge success for which credit must be given to the PCB.

Barring an unfortunate incident involving all-rounder Shoaib Malik, the cricket Board planned and organised the tournament excellently and made sure that all the top players took part in it.

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