Farzan Raja took four wickets for 24 runs as Lahore Qalandars beat Hobart Hurricanes in Group A match by 35 runs on Friday to book a spot into the final of the inaugural Abu Dhabi T20 at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket stadium.
Lahore had change of opener but this time Bilal Irshad (5) fell cheaply. Skipper Sohail Akhtar (37) and Faizan Khan (58 from 44 balls) scored briskly and added 74 runs for the second wicket. Next up, Agha Salman (37 not out) and Faizan put up a creditable 34-run partnership for the third wicket. Both the partnerships pushed the score to 150.
Agha and Phil Salt (15) added crucial runs as Qalandars posted 182 run target for loss of five wickets.
In reply, Hobart skipper Charlie Wakim put up a lone fight with his 43 but others struggled against the leg spin of Raja and were restricted to 146 for 8.
Raja, the Man of the Match, was elated with his outing and said: "Yes it was an amazing game. I want to congratulate Hobart Hurricanes for they played exceptional cricket. I am happy as this track helped me a lot. Ball was turning a bit and I had an amazing game."
Raja said his strategy was to restrict runs and not to hunt for wickets.
"Our coach and my mentor Aaqib Javed told me to contain runs and don't try to take wickets. In T20 cricket, such bowling helps a lot. Once you contain runs then you will get four or five wickets," he added.