KARACHI: Karachi Zebras and Lahore Lions were declared joint winners when their final of the National One-day Cup at the Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi was abandoned due to rain on Saturday.
Initially, the match was reduced to 40 overs a side because of the bad weather. But when Lahore Lions, after opting to bat, had reached 37-1 in 8.5 overs, rain stopped the play and ultimately the match had to be abandoned, much to the desperation of the capacity crowd who had thronged the stadium to enjoy the clash.
Wicketkeeper Umar Siddiq was the only man to have been dismissed, for five caught by gloveman Javed Mansoor off the bowling of seamer Rumman Raees. Left-handed Reza Ali Dar(15) and skipper Azhar Ali (13) remained not out.
Karachi Zebras had crushed Karachi Dolphins by 81 runs while Lahore Lions had outgunned Sialkot Stallions by 46 runs in the semi-finals.
Young fast bowler Bilawal Bhatti of Stallions topped the list of the leading bowlers by grabbing 14 wickets at a decent economy rate of 4.2 runs per over. He was followed by Aamir Yamin (Multan Tigers, 13 wickets, 5.88), off-spinner Atif Maqbool (Karachi Dolphins, 13 wickets, 4.45), off-spinner Misbah Khan (Karachi Zebras, 12 wickets, 4.50), Zohaib Khan (Peshawar Panthers, 12 wickets, 4.50) and leggie Mansoor Amjad (12 wickets, 4.54).
"It was a good event for us and I will appreciate all the players who extended their best," Lahore Lions skipper Azhar Ali said.
Karachi Zebras captain Faisal Iqbal also extolled his team's performance. "It was an excellent tournament for us. A good combination always produces good results and we again showed it by qualifying for the final," said the Test cricketer.
In the end, the joint winners shared the trophy and a handsome purse of Rs750,000.
A prize of Rs50,000 each was given to Sohaib Maqsood (Multan Tigers, best batsman, 475 runs), Bilawal Bhatti (best bowler, Sialkot Stallions, 14 wickets), Sarfraz Ahmad (best wicketkeeper, 15 dismissals: 10 catches, 5 stumping), Shahid michael kors handbags outlet online Yousuf (best fielder, Sialkot Stallions, 8 catches).
Now the top players of the country will start assembling in Lahore from Monday (tomorrow) to feature in the Super Eight Twenty20 event, which Shenbj0305 will kick off at the Gaddafi Stadium from March 26.