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Faysal Bank Super 8 T20, light at the end of tunnel!!!

Although the tournament was only 8 days, but it was an
action packed tournament, which ended on the first super
over of Pakistan Cricket History
The most exciting T20 venture Pakistan Cricket ever had just ended last night with a bang and an upset when Rawalpindi Rams snatched Faysal Bank 2011 Super 8 T20 Tournament trophy from Karachi Dolphins.
Dolphins who were playing its 5th final in this this domestic T20 tournament, had some highs and lows during the 8 days long tournament they participated in.

Some Lows
No one will say this was a low, but to be honest, we lacked in captaincy, and batting. Bowling paved the way for Karachietes enroute to the finals. I am objecting on captaincy because of the blunders they did in the match against Multan Tigers, making unnecessary batting shufflings, giving strike to them who're pinch hitters over those who best suited to the situation, take example of Sarfraz Ahmed, who is a regular batter but was demoted into the batting order to give way for the sloggers like Sohail Khan and the skipper Sami himself, and when Sarfaraz came on strike, although he scored 8 on 3 balls but that was just too little too late.
Secondly, we lag in power hitting department, I am not aiming in dark, but seriously if you go through the score line of Karachi, they heavily relied on 2, 3 batters, i.e. Rameez Raja Junior scoring 238, Asad Shafiq scoring 174 and Khalid Latif scoring 136 of their route to the finals playing 5 matches, they did played their part but they were the ones only whom the team heavily relied, unlike Rams, who had unknowns but everyone in their team played its part. Whatever matches Karachi won in this tournament is because of their batting.

Smiling Highs
Karachi lost the match on super-over, secondly kept their legacy of participating into the 5th final of this tournament, but there were couple of highs for the blue shirters, as their bowling did cover their captaincy and batting blunders throughout the tournament and kudos for them to have such attack and making a cliffhanger. I'd like to point out some of the bowling performances by Karachi during the tournament.
Sohail Khan
Bowl, Bat Team Opposition Ground Date
5/23 K Dolphins v R Rams Faisalabad 1 Jul 2011
4/18       K Dolphins v S Stallions Faisalabad 30 Jun 2011
3/32 K Dolphins v Wolves Faisalabad 28 Jun 2011
2/32, 0* K Dolphins v Tigers Faisalabad 26 Jun 2011
14/105, 0

Tanvir Ahmed
Bowl, Bat Team Opposition Ground Date
1/39 K Dolphins v R Rams Faisalabad 1 Jul 2011
1/55     K Dolphins v S Stallions Faisalabad 30 Jun 2011
1/32 K Dolphins v Wolves Faisalabad 28 Jun 2011
0/36, 1 K Dolphins v Tigers Faisalabad 26 Jun 2011
2/27, 7* K Dolphins v R Rams Faisalabad 24 Jun 2011
5/294, 8

Azam Hussain
Bowl, Bat Team Opposition Ground Date
2/31 K Dolphins v R Rams Faisalabad 1 Jul 2011
2/34     K Dolphins v S Stallions Faisalabad 30 Jun 2011
2/10 K Dolphins v Wolves Faisalabad 28 Jun 2011
1/33, 1* K Dolphins v Tigers Faisalabad 26 Jun 2011
3/38 K Dolphins v R Rams Faisalabad 24 Jun 2011
10/440

Mohammad Sami
Bowl, Bat Team Opposition Ground Date
1/18 K Dolphins v R Rams Faisalabad 1 Jul 2011
2/43, 0     K Dolphins v S Stallions Faisalabad 30 Jun 2011
1/5, 18 K Dolphins v Wolves Faisalabad 28 Jun 2011
0/32, 0 K Dolphins v Tigers Faisalabad 26 Jun 2011
0/31, 2 K Dolphins v R Rams Faisalabad 24 Jun 2011
4/129, 20

Although bowling was also not upto the mark but they did paved the way for the team. Everyone chipped in with the contributions, and if their were not fielding and captaincy blunders, things might have gone in Karachi favour. But still taking nothing away from Rawalpindi Rams, they were the under dogs, and that's why they complimented each other and complemented exquisitely. Plus one shouldn't forget Awais Zia's onslaught on Karachi pace batteries, from start Pindi were on 5th gear which honestly speaking didn't allow Karachi to recover although it looked the game shifted either this way or the other but literally they played according to their plan and stick to it, therefore they deserved this win.
Hoping for the best for Pakistan cricket.

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