DUBAI: The rising stars of Lahore Qalandars provided a perfect Pakistan day gift to the nation with a six runs win against Birmingham Bears in Emirates T20 cup on Thursday in Dubai.
Batting first, after the captain Usman Qadir won the toss, Lahore posted 144/7 in 20 overs.
Awais Zia smashed three sixes and stroked two boundaries to score 34 off 19 deliveries. Nauman Anwar played 35 deliveries to score 34 with the help of three boundaries and one sixer.
Ameer Hamza and Bilawal Bhatti smashed some good shots towards the end of innings to help Lahore post a defendable total after some middle order hiccup.
Hamza stroked three boundaries for 14-ball-22 while Bhatti smashed one six and one four to score 11 off 3 deliveries.
Sukhjit Singh got four wickets for Birmingham Bears (the T20 name for the Warwickshire county).
After a decent batting show, Lahore Qalandars showcased disciplined bowling to restrict Birmingham Bears, who was led by England’s Ian Bell, to 138/6.
Raza Ali Dar bowled superbly and took two wickets, conceding just 20 runs form four overs. Captain Usman Qadir conceded just 13 from four overs and took one wicket.
Lahore Qalandars will now play Lancashire Lightning in the morning season on Friday and the winner of match will qualify for the final of Emirates T20 from the group.