KARACHI - Iftikhar Ahmed's maiden ton in List A cricket, and a five-wicket haul from seamer Taj Wali, helped Peshawar Panthers beat Lahore Lions by eight wickets to reach the final of the One Day Cup.
Iftikhar struck seven fours and a six during his unbeaten 103, and added 110 for the first wicket with Israrullah, as Peshawar made a bright start in their chase of 215. Israullah fell for 61 in the 24th over, but Iftikhar and Mohammad Idrees combined for an unbroken third-wicket association that yielded 76 to take the team home in 42.2 overs.
After choosing to bat, Lahore had lost their openers Imran Butt and Arsalan Arshad inside ten overs, but their captain Umar Siddiq led a recovery by putting up stands of 97 and 51 for the third and fourth wickets with Salman Ali and Agha Salman.
Siddiq top-scored with 79 before he was dismissed by Wali in the 40th over with the score at 183 for 5. Lahore tried to push on, but Wali finished with 5 for 38 to restrict Lahore to 214 for 9. Peshawar will face the winner of the semi-final between Karachi Dolphins and Karachi Zebras in the final on Tuesday.
BRIEF SCORES: Peshawar Panthers 215 for 2 (Iftikhar 103*, Israrullah 61) beat Lahore Lions 214 for 9 (Siddiq 79, Wali 5-38) by eight wickets