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by Manuj Sharma Friday 15 September 2017
Pakistan 183-4 (Shehzad 89) beatWorld XI 150-8 (Perera 32) by 33 runsThird Twenty20 International in LahoreScorecard
Ahmed Shehzad scored a blistering 89 run knock as Pakistan completed 33 run victory in the third Twenty20 International against World XI in Lahore to wrap up the series 2-1.
With the series ending on a successful note, Pakistan have taken another step towards hosting international games on regular basis with the World XI players and support staffs deserving a lot of credit.
World XI won the toss and decided to field first. Shehzad (89) and Fakhar Zaman (27) gave a promising start as they brought the 50 run opening stand inside the powerplay.
The 61 run stand finally ended when Zaman was run out by Darren Sammy (0-24) in the ninth over and at halfway mark, the hosts were positioned 76 for one.
Shehzad reached his fifty off 37 deliveries while Babar Azam (48) gave him a proper support as the duo added 102 runs off just 59 deliveries. Shehzad reached his fifty off 37 deliveries and struck three consecutive sixes in the 18th over to help Pakistan seize the momentum that they lost a bit in the middle.
Shoaib Malik (17 not out) played a useful seven-ball cameo to lift the hosts to 183 for four in their 20 overs.
Tamim Iqbal (14) started the chase with three boundaries in the first over but was castled by Usman Khan (1-26) in the second. Just as Hashim Amla (21) started to look good, the visitors' chances were dented when they lost two wickets in the fifth over with the following over also ending in a maiden.
Ben Cutting (5) was castled by Hasan Ali (2-28) while Amla was run out as World XI reached 43 for three in the powerplay. From there on the visitors struggled and were reduced to 67 for five.
Thisara Perera (32) and David Miller (32) tried to keep the World XI in the game but at the end, the pressure got the better of them as they ended the innings at 150 for eight, losing the game by 33 runs.
Shehzad bagged the player of the match award while Azam was named the player of the series.
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