Pakistan, once T20 world champion have won the series of three matches’ at 3-0 by winning the third and last T20I against World XI. This series was their returning back to international cricket. Pakistan has won by 33 runs against World XI and kept the trophy home.
Captain of World XI, Faf Du Plessis won the toss and chose to field first and sent Pakistan to bat. Like the previous two matches Pakistan batted very well by hammering off the World XI’s bowlers and could put a fighting score to the scoreboard. They could take 183 runs for 4 wickets after playing 20 overs. Dashing opener Ahmed Shehzad took 89 runs single handed.
Another batsman who is currently in good form Babar Azam could take 48 runs. Besides them Fakhar Zaman contributed 27 runs for Pakistan.
In World XI’s innings at the very beginning they lost the valuable wicket of Bangladeshi opener Tamim Iqbal. He went back to pavillion after hitting 14 runs on 10 balls with three boundaries.
The other top order batsmen also couldn’t be set into the crease by the splendid bowling of the host team. They had been sent back to pavillion in a regular rhythm giving no chance to contribute remarkable scores to the scoreboard. Pakistan smashed them upto 67-5.
But at the last moment David Millar’s 32 and Thisara Perera’s 32 along with 24 runs of Darren Summy tried to bring World XI to front but couldn’t go far. They could manage 150 runs losing 8 wickets in 20 overs which made Pakistan the winner in a good range of different. Hasan Ali took two wickets for Pakistan. Sarfraz Ahmed became the player of the match where another Pakistani Babar Azam was awarded the Player of the series.
Pakistan played extraordinary as a team in both three departments specially in fielding. And in the last match it was the captain’s knock and bowlers power to stop World XI’s innings before the target was reached. This win of 33 runs ensured them to secure championship trophy making it an excellent come back.
Brief score: Pakistan: 183-4 (20 overs)
World XI: 150-8 (20 overs)
– Abu Sayem Dosar