Bangalore: Mitchell Marsh scored a fine half-century and an unbeaten 68 runs partnership with Brad Hogg for 8th wickets to help Perth chase down 125 with one over to spare at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore on Tuesday.
To make the semi-finals of the 2014 Champions League Twenty20, after huffing and puffing their way to 124 for 6, Lahore Lions needed to keep Perth Scorchers to 78 or less, and came close by having them at 62 for 7, but Mitchell Marsh and Brad Hogg denied them with a punchy partnership of 68.
Defending a low total, which came from the poorer depths of 11 for 4 thanks to a solid half-century from their most consistent batsman of the tournament, Saad Nasim, Pakistan's domestic T20 champions applied the squeeze but ran out of fire against Hogg and Marsh.
The crucial hit came off the bat of Hogg, who lofted a full toss from Adnan Rasool over long-on to take Scorchers to 80 in the 14th over, thereby ending Lions' campaign and ensuring Chennai Super Kings would join Kolkata Knight Riders from Group A in the knock-outs.
Lions fought hard through their phalanx of slow bowlers on a spicy surface. Hafeez accounted for Craig Simmons (0) and Ashton Agar (5) in a tremendous effort of 4-0-8-2, not allowing the batsmen room to work with; Mustafa Iqbal bowled Cameron Bancroft (22) and had Ashton Turner spooning to mid-on; Nasim came on and with his second ball got Hilton Cartwright stumped with a ripping leg break. At 40 for 6, Scorchers were staring at defeat.
Enter Hogg, however, who smacked 16 off his first eight balls faced to leave Lions stunned. The blows came during the 14th over bowled by Rasool, with the 43-year-old Hogg going over extra cover, backward of point and into the sight screen. Three balls, 14 runs, all over for Lions.
A brief celebration done, Hogg and Marsh got down to finishing off their chase. Marsh finished 63 from 38 balls, and Hogg collected 28 off 19.
Earlier, Perth Scorchers have won the toss and opted to bowl first.
Mitchell Marsh lead to Perth. Adam Voges and Nathan Coulter-Nile are out for Perth. Ahmed Shehzad is out for Lahore.
Perth: Craig Simmons, Cameron Bancroft, Sam Whiteman (wk), Mitchell Marsh (Capt.), Ashton Turner, Hilton Cartwright, Ashton Agar, Yasir Arafat, Joel Paris, Michael Beer, Brad Hogg
Lahore: Umar Siddiq, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez (Capt.), Saad Nasim, Umar Akmal (wk), Mohammad Saeed, Asif Raza, Wahab Riaz, Mustafa Iqbal, Adnan Rasool, Aizaz Cheema
Lahore Lions - 124/6 (Saad Nasim 69*, Paris 3-22)
Perth Scorchers - 130/7 (Marsh 63*, Hogg 28*)
Result - Perth Scorchers won by 3 wickets
Points - Perth Scorchers 4, Lahore Lions 0
MOM - Mitchell Marsh (Perth Scorchers)