Perth Scorchers Innings
Over 19 || Score 130/7
16 runs needed of 12 balls. Wahab Riaz is set to bowl his third over. Marsh hit him for three huge sixes off his last four balls to finish the match in style. And with those big sixes, Perth Scorchers beat Lahore Lions to by three wickets, with six balls to spare. Mitchell Marsh match-winning knock helped his team to win their last match of the edition. But the loss of Lions means CSK are through to the semis.
Over 18 || Score 109/7
Saad Nasim, who bowled the 18th over leaked 14 runs as Marsh hit him fir a six and a boundary of the first two balls. In the last ball of the over, Marsh completed his fifty by taking a single. A match-winning knock by the all-rounder.
Over 17 || Score 95/7
Fifteen runs came in the last two overs. But the two batsmen in the middle -- Hogg and Marsh -- are capable of wining them the match. Marsh is on 33, whereas, Hogg is playing on 19. And now Scorchers need 36 off 24 balls and they have three wickets at their disposal.
Over 14 || Score 80/7
In the 14th over bowled by spinner Adnan Rasool, the new man to the crease, Brad Hogg smashed two boundaries and a six, to dash the hopes of Lions to qualify for the semis. It means CSK are through to the semis. In the sixth edition of the CLT20, three Indian franchises have managed to make it to the semi finals. The fourth team which has qualified for the semis is Hobert Hurricanes from Australia.
Yasir Arafat run out 3 (13b)
Over 12 || Score 62/6
Spinners are bowling for Lions from both the ends. But all-rounder Marsh is looking dangerous at the moment. He has started hitting boundaries at will. In the 12 over bowled by Mustafa Iqbal he collected two back to back boundaries. And mind it, if Lions need to make a place in the semis, then they have to win this match by at least fifty ru, otherwise CSK will be through.
Over 10 || Score 43/6
Hafeez has brought himself back into the attack to bowl the 8th over. And he straight away provided his team a wicket in the form of Agar. The southpaw went for a cut but missed the line completely and got clean bowled. Saad Nasim, who played the most crucial knock with the bat has been given the ball for the first time. And the leggie didn't disappoint his skipper and gave him the wicket of Cartwright off his second ball. Now Perth Scorchers are at the back-foot. Nine runs came in the last three overs.
HWR Cartwright st Umar Akmal b Saad Nasim 2 (7b)
AC Agar b Mohammad Hafeez 5 (8b)
Over 7 || Score 34/4
After losing four wickets early on, Ashton Agar and Hilton Cartwright are in the middle for Scorchers . But these two are living dangerously at the moment as both the spinners Adnan Rasool and Mohammad Hafeez are not offering any room what so ever. Seven runs came in the last two overs.
Over 5 || Score 27/4
Mustafa Iqbal, who has been introduced into the attack as the first change bowler, proved his two more breakthroughs in his second over. The left arm spinner first sent back AJ Turner, who played a risky shot, which was not at all needed at that moment and threw away his wicket. And then in the second last ball of the over he clean bowled CT Bancroft, to picked up his second scalp.
CT Bancroft b Mustafa Iqbal 22 (18b)
AJ Turner c Wahab Riaz b Mustafa Iqbal 4 (6b)
Over 2 || Score 6/2
Poor start for Perth Scorchers as they lost two wickets in quick succession in the form of Whiteman and Simmons. In the opening over Mohammad Hafeez gave his team the first breakthrough in the form of Simmons. And then in the very next over Aizaz Cheema got the better of Whiteman. Mind it, the match is on and it can be any one's game.
SM Whiteman c Asif Raza b Aizaz Cheema 0 (4b)
CJ Simmons c Umar Siddiq b Mohammad Hafeez 0 (1b)
Lahore Lions Innings
Over 20 || Score 124/6
Paris, who bowled exceptionally well in his first three overs, proved a bit expensive as he leaked 14 runs, when he came to bowl the last over of the Lions innings. Saad Nasim's 69-run knock helped Pakistan franchise to take their score to a respectable total of 124 runs.
Over 19 || Score 110/6
Paris, who has been brought back to bowl at death overs picked up his third wicket in his comeback over. He bowled a perfect yorker to perish Saeed's innings. But in the same over Lions crosses the mark of hundred runs and Saad to completed his fifty. Asif Raza is the new man in. 11 runs came in the last two overs.
Mohammad Saeed b Paris 20 (26b)
Over 17 || Score 99/5
In the 16th over bowled by Yasir Arafat came eight runs. But in the following over, Michael Beer bowled a tight one, as he conceded mere three in it. Now Saad Nasim is just one run shy of his fifty, whereas, Lahore Lions too need a single to touch the 100-run mark.
Over 15 || Score 88/5
Saad Nasim has started scoring briskly. In the last two overs he collected a boundary and a six and has quickly moved to 46 of 43 balls, with the help of four boundaries and a six. 15 runs came in the last two overs.
Over 13 || Score 73/5
Both the spinners - Brad Hogg and Ashton Agar -- are bowling in tandem for Scorchers at the moment. Saad Nasim is well set now and the new man in Mohammad Saeed is also trying his luck by playing big shots. In the 13th over he launched the Agar for a maximum straight over bowlers head. 16 runs came from the last two overs with the help of a boundary and a six.
Over 11 || Score 57/5
Umar Akmal, who showed some hopes, also got out after playing a cameo of 26 runs. Trying to hit Brad Hogg out of the park, he went for a slog-sweep but couldn't connect it well and threw away his wicket. Mohammad Saeed has joined Nasim in the middle after the fall of Lions' fifth wicket. six runs came in the last two overs.
Umar Akmal c sub (JP Behrendorff) b Hogg 26 (19b)
Over 9 || Score 51/4
Slowly but steadily Akmal and Saad Nasim are trying to recover from the early losses. Akmal is not missing any chance of scoring a boundary, whereas, Nasim is playing a bit cautiously at the moment. In the ninth over they crossed the fifty-run mark.
Over 6 || Score 28/4
Destructive batsman Umar Akmal has come to the crease as Lions' lost their four wickets in quick succession. First bowling change for Scorchers as they called Yasir Arafat in the 5th over. In the last two overs, the batting side collected 15 runs with the help of two boundaries that came from the willow of Akmal.
Over 4 || Score 13/4
Riaz Out! Another Lions' batsman got out without scoring a run. Riaz who has been promoted up the order failed to impress with the bat and gave a simple catch to long on off Mitchell Marsh. What a bowling spell by Marsh and Paris.
Wahab Riaz c Agar b Marsh 0 (4b)
Over 3 || Score 6/3
After the fall of three early wickets, Wahab Riaz and Saad Nasim are in the middle. After taking two wickets in the first over, Joel Paris bowled a tight over and conceded mere three runs.
Over 2 || Score 3/3
Skipper Mohammad Hafeez Out! OHH..Perth Scrochers couldn't have asked for a better start then this. Mitchell Marsh who came to bowl the second over of the innings got the better of skipper Hafeez as he went for a pull shot and got clean bowled. Lahore is in deep trouble.
Mohammad Hafeez b Marsh 0 (4b)
Over 1 || Score 2/2
Joel Paris is on a roll. He sent both the Lahore Lions' openers back to the pavilion in the very first over of the match. The Pakistan club is certainly on the back-foot after losing both the openers in the very first over.
Umar Siddiq b Paris 1 (4b)
Good news for the cricket lovers as the rain has stopped and covers are off. The match is about to start in another 10 minutes.
Over 0.3 || Score 2/1
Umar Siddiq and Nasir Jamshed have come to open the inning for Lahore Lions. And in the third ball off the match strike bowler Joel Paris gave his team the first breakthorugh in the form of Jamshed. The southpaw tried to play a flick shot but got the top edge of his bat and Brad Hogg took a simple catch at deep square leg. But immediately after the fall of the first wicket, rain has stopped the play.
Nasir Jamshed c Hogg b Paris 1 (2b)
Toss: Perth Scorchers have won the toss and will bowl first.
New Delhi: In a crucial match, Lahore Lions take on Perth Scorchers in the 19th match of the Champions League Twenty20 being played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.
The match is a do-or-die situation for Mohammad Hafeez and his boys who will have to register a big win if they entertain any chances of reaching the semis. The condition is, the Lions need to win by around 50 runs since they are batting first. They have been invited to bat first by Scorchers' new skipper – Mitchell Marsh. In case if they fail to meet the criteria, Chennai Super Kings will qualify for the semis.
Perth Scorchers on the other hand are already out of the tournament. They would look to spoil the party for Hafeez & Co and leave the tournament on a positive note.