Southern Express crash out of CLT20

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Southern Express crashed out of the Champions League Twenty20 on the back of a heavy 55-run defeat to the Lahore Lions – in Tuesday's key qualifying fixture at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur.

Southern Express crashed out of the Champions League Twenty20 on the back of a heavy 55-run defeat to the Lahore Lions – in Tuesday's key qualifying fixture at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur.

Captain Mohammad Hafeez led the Lions from Pakistan to a formidable score of 164 for six, after which three key wickets from Aizaz Cheema restricted the Sri Lankan outfit to a severely insufficient 109 all out in 18 overs.

Hafeez was rightly named Man of the Match for a telling vigil. The former Twenty20 International captain struck a quintet of fours and a quartet of handsome sixes en route to 67 from a mere 40 deliveries.

Express' tally, in fact, would have read considerably less – had skipper Jehan Mubarak not refused to go down without a fight. His standalone 35, inevitably, proved in vain.

"Hopefully we will take something from this tourney, but we came in with a lot of expectations. I am disappointed that we didn't play well. We were never really in the game," rued Mubarak.

Tuesday's closing fixture will see the Northern Districts from New Zealand clash with the Mumbai Indians at the same venue.

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