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Highlights, cricket result, Pakistan vs World XI, 3rd T20I at Lahore: Sarfraz's men clinch Independence Cup
Date: Friday, 15 September, 2017 23:40 IST
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Pakistan beat World XI by 33 runs
Pakistan beat World XI by 33 runs
This over 20.0
|Current Partnership||Last Wicket|
11 ( 2.3 ) R/R: 4.4
Darren Sammy 11(13)
Samuel Badree 0(2)
139/8 (17.3 over)
Morne Morkel 1 (2) SR: S.R (50.00)
run out (Babar Azam)
Independence Cup 2017 3rd T20I Match Result Pakistan beat World XI by 33 runs
So that brings us to the end of our coverage. Hope you enjoyed it. The focus will now shift to the India Australia series, which begins on 17 September. Do join us on Sunday.
Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed: I want to thank the almighty. We are working on our fitness because it is very important. Our fielding has also improved because of our fitness. Today we put out a brilliant team effort. I would like to thank the crowd to support us and also the curators for curating outstanding pitches.
World XI captain Faf du Plessis: It was obviously a huge success. Coming back to paksitan, obviously from a World XI's point of view, it was amazing. This was a strong Paksitan team. There's lot more energy, their fielding is electric, which is a big change. Now, they're as good as any team. Skills wise with yorkers and slower balls. Captaining World XI was great. They're a good bunch of guys. We were very happy to be here. Thank you so much for the hospitality.
Ahmed Shehzad is the player of the match.
Shehzad: I was playing to the situation like the team required. I was maybe due some big runs and had a very good partnership. I failed to score runs in the first two games. So, I decided to stay till the end, thinking if others can do it, even I can. I hope take it forward. I would like to thank mickey Arthur and the coaching staff who have been through thick and thin. They showed their faith and trust in me when I didn't score runs.I would like to thank the crowd and the World XI. Many of them want to come back. Everyone enjoyed and cricket wins.
The World XI team appreciating the support and gratitude they received from the Lahore crowd throughout the series.
Image courtesy: Hassam Azam
Fitting end with local favourite, Darren Sammy entertaining the crowd with a few big hits. Hassan Ali and Rumman Raees bowled with pace and aggression and nailed those yorkers even as Pakistan had the game already sealed after David Miller's dismissal. It's cliche to say "Cricket is the real winner here", but it's more than apt for this series where winning and losing was almost inconsequential. The series needed action and intensity and the two teams haven't disappointed.
Pakistan defeat World XI by 33 runs to clinch the Independence Cup. Sarfraz Ahmed's golden run continues, after the Champions Trophy, he has won his first series at home as captain.
A series win looks imminent for the home side as the RR looks impossible to match for the away team. Unsurprisingly, very few fans have left the stadium unlike the previous two game at this stage of the match. Every one wants to be part of the celeberation and euphoria of winning a series in Lahore again.
After 19 overs,World XI 145/8 ( Darren Sammy 19 , Samuel Badree 0)
Sammy, barring the four, has failed to connect any thing cleanly. He played three dots and collected a single. He refuses to rotate the strike on the final delivery.
This is surely it for Pakistan now after Miller miscues an attempted big shot. World XI has left its tail way too much to do here. Great effort in the field by Pakistan tonight. They have fielded brilliantly, held on to their catches and affected 3 run outs. Shinwari, Raees and Ali have hardly given anything away with the ball.
After 18 overs,World XI 140/8 ( Darren Sammy 14 , Samuel Badree 0)
Usman Shinwari has completed his spell. His figures: 4-0-26-1. World XI need 43 in 12 balls.
The plan seems to be simple for Sammy; dont give him anything to get his bat under, which means everything will be directed at the block hole. Get it wrong and he will send it sailing further back than Perrera did yesterday. The match is on the West Indian now for the World XI
The seam bowling from Pakistan has been spot on in this game so far. They have generally a good length and kept it on the stumps. The number of batsmen getting out bowled a testimony to the line they have bowled. They will have to change their line of attack quickly in the death overs against Miller and Sammy though who will be happy to go after anything on a good length.
OUT! Another run out, fifth of the game. Let that sink in. Babar Azam scores a direct hit at bowler's end to send back Morne Morkel.
After 17 overs,World XI 137/7 ( Darren Sammy 12 , )
Another 9-run over. Match has slipped out of World XI's hands after the Miller wicket.
OUT! Final nail in the coffin? Miller gets low and slogs it.... albeit straight to deep midwicket. Babar Azam is ecstatic in the deep. Hasan Ali collects his second.
After 16 overs,World XI 128/6 ( David Miller 31 , Darren Sammy 4)
Okay, 65 off 30. World XI need a big over. Nope not happening. Just singles and the odd couple. Oh hold on, Miller scores a boundary. But it is still not enough. Nine runs off the over.
After 15 overs,World XI 119/6 ( David Miller 25 , Darren Sammy 2)
72 off 36. 12 runs per over. Difficult but it is a matter of two overs. Both Miller and Sammy are capable of inflicting some lusty blows. The over, however, begins quietly. Two singles, brace, wide and a single. Can Sammy hit a big one? No, he can't because Usman bowls a brilliant yorker. All Sammy can manage is a dig towards covers. Shenwari follows it up with another good delivery. Keeps the over down to seven runs.
After 14 overs,World XI 112/6 ( David Miller 21 , )
Raees is into the attack. Makes a decent start. Concedes three singles and bowls a dot. Thisara then slashes him for a boundary and Rumman avenges it by dismissing him.
OUT! Is he out? Is he not? Think I jinxed him. He looked to smack it over covers but miscued it only to get caught by Babar at covers. Nonetheless, he provided hope for World XI. Departs for 32 off 13 balls.
Thisara Perera is playing gas if Gaddafi is his backyard. Shadab Khan has no answer to this brutal assault as Thisara collects 3 sixes and a 4 off his over. He kept them alive in the series two nights ago and he is again carrying all hopes of World XI on his enormous shoulders.
After 13 overs,World XI 105/5 ( David Miller 19 , Thisara Perera 27)
The 24-run over has brought the equation down to 79 off 42 balls. With Miller and Thisara at the strike, this match is live. Do not go anywhere. Thisara's strike rate is 300! If that doesn't keep you hooked, I don't know what will!
After 12 overs,World XI 81/5 ( David Miller 18 , Thisara Perera 4)
Sarfraz brings back Hasan into the attack. One wicket here and it could be game. But both the batsmen are taking it deep, not taking undue risks. After milking four singles, Miller flicks it to midwicket fence.
After 11 overs,World XI 73/5 ( David Miller 12 , Thisara Perera 2)
Shadab appeals for an LBW against Miller on the first ball. But the umpire is unmoved, think it was going down the leg side. On ball two, Miller drills it to long off for a single. The next four balls go for four more singles. The equation is now 111 runs off 54 balls.
The Pakistani side is buzzing in the fields today, two brilliant peices of fielding to dismiss Amla and Faf. Yes, this series has far reaching consequences when it comes to bringing cricket home, however the players and fans alike are loving the competitiveness of the final. After all, it was 2007 that the last time a series decider was played in Lahore
After 10 overs,World XI 68/5 ( David Miller 9 , Thisara Perera 0)
Imad bowls it flat and around leg, Faf works it to midwicket for a run. Miller edges one to short third man, no run taken. Miller releases some pressure with a maximum. There you go, after running Amla out, Faf falls to a Shadab direct hit. Ten runs off the over.
OUT! Shadab Khan is a brilliant fielder. We know it, you know it and he proves it yet again. Scores a direct hit from covers to send Faf du Plessis back to the hut. Seriously, what is wrong with South Africans in pressure games?
George Bailey has played a nightmare of T20 innings. He played out the first maiden of the series in the power play before getting relieved of his miseries by Imad Wasim. World XI dearly need Faf du Plessis and David Miller to do bulk of the scoring here and hope for a late order blitzkrieg again from one of\ Thisara Perera or Darren Sammy to pull off another heist.
SIX! Typical Miller. Brute force. Comes down the ground the slogs it over mid off for half a dozen.
After 9 overs,World XI 58/4 ( Faf du Plessis (C) 12 , David Miller 2)
Shadab Khan enters the attack to bowl his leg breaks. He tosses it up straightaway and du Plessis nurdles a single. Miller sweeps the 3rd ball to deep midwicket. du Plessis follows suit. A good tight over from the leggie.
After 8 overs,World XI 53/4 ( Faf du Plessis (C) 9 , David Miller 0)
Hosts are in complete control. The visitors have lost four wickets and are in a desperate need of a partnership. They could've also lost Miller on the last ball but Sarfraz Ahmed failed to hold onto to a catch.
OUT! Bowled him! Bailey was struggling and Wasim brought his struggle to an end. Bailey tried to cut the flatter ball but he bottom edged it onto his stumps.
After 7 overs,World XI 50/3 ( Faf du Plessis (C) 7 , George Bailey (W) 2)
Nawaz is into the attack. And Pakistan continue to keep it tight. Three singles and a boundary.
Tamim Iqbal didn't waste any time to show who is the boss against Imad Wasim's left arm spin but the seam bowlers have brought Pakistan right back with Shinwari and Hasan Ali dislodging both the openers. Pakistan must continue to play this to their strength here and look to pick wickets instead of trying to keep the runs down.
The anchor of the World XI batting is gone as Amla is dismissed with the crowd predicting an imminent sinking ship as they gave one of the loudest, if not the loudest one of the innings so far. I wonder if Bailey was the right man to send in given he has not batted at all in the series till now.
FOUR! Faf makes a move, dances down the ground and plays the inside out shot perfectly over covers.
After 6 overs,World XI 43/3 ( Faf du Plessis (C) 1 , George Bailey (W) 1)
First maiden over of the series and Rumman Raees has bowled it in the last over of the Powerplay. Bailey is struggling to make a move and Raees cashes in on it.
After 5 overs,World XI 43/3 ( Faf du Plessis (C) 1 , George Bailey (W) 1)
Four followed by two wickets in two balls. You bet the crowd at the Gaddafi stadium are enjoying themselves at the centre. Two new batsmen at the crease and Pakistan will look to consolidate here.
OUT! Oh no, oh no. Pakistan have got the big fish. Faf clipped one towards midwicket and called Amla across. But he sees that the run isn't there and shouts no. However, it was too late for Amla by then and Hasan ran Amla out for 21.
Can not afford to give room on either side of the wicket, especially when it comes to T20 cricket. And talk about giving width to Amla with the field up; Pakistani will have to adjust quickly before Amla becomes the unstoppable force he can be.
Update: Pakistan defeat World XI by 33 runs to clinch the Independence Cup. Sarfraz Ahmed's golden run continues, after the Champions Trophy, he has won his first series at home as captain.
Report, 2nd T20I: Hashim Amla smashed a half century and Thisara Perera provided an excellent finish with a 19-ball 47 as World XI defeated Pakistan by seven wickets in the second Twenty20 international on Wednesday.
"Hash (Amla) told me to stay till the last moment because we can catch up," man-of-the-match Perera said. "It's a habit for me to be in this situation."
Amla hit five fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 72 off 55 balls, but it was Perera's explosive knock which included four sixes that got World XI to the target of 175-3 in 19.5 overs.
Pakistan, which was restricted to 174-6, looked on top in the 14th over when it dismissed captain Faf du Plessis for 106-3.
But Perera took charge in the last five overs as he cut loose against Pakistan seamers Shoaib Malik and Rumman Raees.
Still needing 33 runs off the last two overs, Perera and Amla took 20 off Sohail's 19th over that saw Shoaib Malik dropping the Sri Lankan left-hander's easy catch at long off.
Perera ensured World XI takes the series to the decisive game Friday when he reached victory in style by hoisting left-armer Raees over the long-on boundary.
Pakistan won the first match by 20 runs on Tuesday but struggled to contain World XI's strong batting line-up after its frontline fast bowler Hasan Ali was ruled out of Wednesday's game due to back strain.
Earlier, Pakistan's top order batsmen couldn't convert good starts after captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bat first.
Left-hander Fakhar Zaman (21) hit Australian seamer Ben Cutting for three boundaries in the second over of the innings but was trapped leg before wicket by West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree (2-31).
Badree was one of two changes made by World XI along with England's Paul Collingwood — playing his first international since retiring in 2011.
Top-scorer Babar Zaman (45), who hit a career-best 86 in the first game on Tuesday, and Ahmed Shehzad (43) added 59 runs off 39 balls before both holed out in the deep while looking to accelerate the run rate.
Perera then accounted for the wickets of Imad Wasim (15) and dismissed captain Sarfraz Ahmed without scoring in the 19th over as Pakistan slipped to 157-5.
Pakistan's experienced batsman Malik (39) lifted the total when he hit Cutting for two sixes in his 23-ball knock.
Malik, playing in his 88th T20 international, became Pakistan's highest scorer in the format and surpassed Umar Akmal's total of 1,690 runs before he holed out off the last ball.
"We were a little sloppy today in the field," Ahmed said. "The score was good enough, but if the execution was better in defending, we would have pulled it off."
With inputs from AP