Bangalore: Perth Scorchers’ Mitchell Marsh not just stopped Lahore Lions from making it to the semi-finals of the Champions League Twenty20 with a three-wicket win in their last group match on Tuesday but also paved the way for Chennai Super Kings’ entry into the last-four stage.
Marsh scored an unbeaten 63 off just 38 balls with the help of seven boundaries and three sixes, besides putting up a crucial unbroken 68-run stand with Brad Hogg (28 not out)) to overhaul a modest target of 125 with six balls to spare at the Chinnaswamy here.
The Scorchers had restricted the Pakistan side for a mere 124 for six in their allotted 20 overs and then reached 130 for seven in 19 overs.
Had the Lahore Lions pulled off a victory by a margin of 46 runs against the Scorchers, they would have progressed to the semi-finals by displacing Chennai Super Kings from second place in the Group A standings.
Hogg hit Adnan Rosool for a six in the 14th over to knock Lahore out of the tournament, while sending the Super Kings into the last-four stage.
Kolkata Knight Riders were already through to the semi-finals after topping Group A, having registered four victory in as many matches.