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  • 11:00 PM IST

    PAKISTAN WIN INDEPENDENCE CUP! They win by 33 runs and total dominance. Brilliant performance by the batsmen as well as the bowlers. Shehzad, Babar and Hasan Ali were exceptional! Sammy manages to hit a boundary in the last over but it goes in vain. Only 5 runs off the last over by Raees.

  • 10:56 PM IST

    Yet another wicket for Pakistan! Poor Morne Morkel could score only 1 run, but batting has not been among his best of qualities and he can’t be blamed. Babar Azam’s direct hit gets him clearly. Sammy is fighting a lone battle for World XI.
    WXI 145/8 (19). 39 needed off 6.

  • 10:47 PM IST

    A four and six! Miller and Sammy are eager not to let it go till the last delivery. They ruin Rumman Raees and Hasan Ali’s decent overs. Eager to gather runs, they aim to go for a risky double but refrain at the last moment. OUT! Hasan finally gets rid of Miller for 32. Big blow for World XI. 47 runs, 18 balls and 3 wickets, can they do it?
    WXI 137/7 (17). 47 needed off 18

  • 10:41 PM IST

    The required runrate has shot up after the wicket but World XI are going at 6-7 rpo. They need big hits, with only 5 overs to go there’s not much to lose for them. Meanwhile Shadab Khan gets hurt. Needs some medical assistance.
    WXI 119/6 (15). 65 needed off 30

  • 10:27 PM IST

    Just what WXI didn’t need. Perera falls for a whirlwind 32. The onus now alone lies on Miller. WXI need 72 off 36 balls.

    Perera mistimed a shot off Raees and gave a catch to Babar Azam at covers.
  • 10:23 PM IST

    What a format this is. Perera smashes the bejeesus out of Shadab Khan and takes away 24 runs from the 13rd one. 6,6,6,4,1,1 was the outcome of that over. Perera used the long handle to good effect, coupled with brutal power, to take his side forward. Need to mention, losing quick wickets have brought two dangerous men in the middle at the best time possible for WXI.

    WXI 105/5 (13). 79 off 42 balls.
  • 10:09 PM IST

    This game is well and truly over now. WXI lose half the side in 10 overs. They need another 116 off 60 balls. Nobody wants to stay at the crease. Perera and Miller are two big hitters, but will they bat till the 17th or 18th over?

    Too many run-outs and half-hearted shots have caused WXI’s decline. WXI 68/5 (10)
  • 9:55 PM IST

    WXI have lost plot. They were going well in 4 overs, but seemed to have accelerated too much. Cutting was cleaned up by Hasan Ali, whereas Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla had a mixup, resulting in the latter’s dismissal. CT17 deja vu, anyone? So who can deliver for them now?

    They are 50/3 (7)
  • 9:42 PM IST

    And Cutting departs. Hasan Ali clears his stumps for 5. Big blow to WXI.

  • 9:41 PM IST

    WXI have lost Tamim Iqbal again for a start. Nonetheless, they are going at a good run-rate. Hashim Amla is joined by Ben Cutting and must be given the licence to accelerate form ball one.

    WXI 37/1 (4)
  • 9:10 PM IST

    Phew! Another big score. Ordinary, really ordinary fro WXI bowlers. Azam fell for 48; the first wicket for a bowler tonight, but Malik steered the team total to 183 for 4. Will PAK bowlers repeat their mistakes from the previous game, or triumph on a Jummah?

    Join us back in sometime for WXI’s chase.
  • 9:02 PM IST

    PAK 175/2 in 19 overs. No wicket yet for any WXI bowlers. Such has been their bowling effort tonight. How much will Azam-Malik amass in this final over?

  • 8:56 PM IST

    GONE!!!! An unfortunate run out, but WXI would take it as it’s the big wicket of Ahmed Shehzad, who falls for an impressive 89, while veteran Shoaib Malik comes to the crease. Shehzad also brought up the 100-run stand for the second wicket. Can PAK go past 180?

  • 8:45 PM IST

    Runs coming easily here for Pakistan. They are definitely on the verge of setting up any total in excess of 170. WXI had a few quiet overs in between, but are starting to look ordinary again. Wickets have been the major issue for them. Can they sweep the run-rate in the last 4 overs? PAK would go for the final throttle now. Fasten your seat belts, everyone.

    PAK 127/1 (16)
  • 8:27 PM IST

    PAK are maintaining a healthy run-rate here. Another 170+ on cards. Meanwhile, Shehzad has continued his decent run with the bat, and registered a 50 in this decider. Babar Azam doesn’t seem to be a batsman who will get out cheaply. The duo are, for the third time in a row, stitching a good partnership. Faf operating with Sammy and Badree.

    PAK 101/1 (13)
  • 8:11 PM IST

    An unfortunate way of getting out. Shehzad picked up an off cutter from Sammy and hit it straight down. The big Caribbean guy got his fingers and Zaman, who was on a backing spree, was caught short of his crease. Red-hot form Babar Azam comes in the middle.

    PAK 66/1 (9)
  • 8:05 PM IST

    Sammy and Imran Tahir have managed to put a lid on the run-scoring. Shehzad and Zaman have already added 50 for the first wicket, but runs have dried up a bit in the last two overs. A breakthrough or big shot coming?

    PAK 59/0 (8)
  • 7:54 PM IST

    Lots of freebies from WXI bowlers. This is not good. PAK have raced away to 42 for no loss. Already four bowlers used in form of Morkel, Badree, Perera and Cutting. Who will give them a breakthrough?

    PAK 42/0 (5)
  • 7:48 PM IST

    Change of bowling….Ben Cutting into the attack

  • 7:43 PM IST

    End of 3 overs, still no luck for WXI. Badree and Morkel are erred their lengths and gone for runs already. Both Shehzad and Zaman are off and going in style. WXI need to be wary of this. Cannot let the momentum be in PAK’s side after the first 5 overs itself.

    PAK 28/0 (3)
  • 7:33 PM IST

    And once again, we witness a blazing first over. Two fours coming off it. Shehzad and Zaman are off in style. Samuel Badree goes for 12 in the first over and PAK mean business tonight.

    PAK 12/0 (1)
  • 7:12 PM IST

    World XI line-up: Tamim Iqbal, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (c), George Bailey (wk), David Miller, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Ben Cutting, Samuel Badree, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir

  • 7:12 PM IST

    Pakistan XI: Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk & c), Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Usman Khan, Rumman Raees

  • 7:11 PM IST

    Sarfraz: We would try to bat first and put up a big one on the board. There was a problem with the execution in our earlier game and that was the issue. We shouldn’t set the target as 200 at the start, we need to assess the conditions and plan accordingly. We would look to start with 170 and take it from there. I have enjoyed playing out here and the crowds have supported us well. Let’s hope this one is organized just as well.

  • 7:11 PM IST

    Faf: We are going to have a bowl. It looks like a good wicket and our batting is the X-factor for us. Sammy comes back as well and that would help. If you look at the power hitting we have, it is a big factor in this format. I love to try and take wickets; keep thinking from the bowler’s perspective to take wickets.

  • 7:10 PM IST

    TOSS: WXI opt to bowl

The three-match series is poised at 1-1 © AFP
The three-match series is poised at 1-1 © AFP

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the third and final T20I between Pakistan and World T20I at Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore. I am Aditya Sahay and will be your host for the day. Emotions are set to fly high during this game as it marks the end of a carnival in Lahore. This series has been more than cricket. After 8 long years, Pakistan played some cricket worth the competition, in their home soil. With the series level at 1-1, this match holds greater significance. While Babar Azam magical knock and the Pakistani bowlers won hosts the first T20I, it was Thisara Perera’s all-round show and Hashim Amla’s guile that saw the visitors make a comeback and register a rare win. (Yes, rare. World XI teams have hardly won enough). The match went down the wire till Perera struck a six off the penultimate ball to register the win for his side. Pakistan’s batting looks settled and at the moment they will not like to tinker with it. From the bowling perspective, they may go for Usman Shinwari in place of Hasan Ali. World XI too will not look forward to make big changes but George Bailey, who has warmed the benches in the last 2 games, may get a look in. Continue expecting a high-scoring extravaganza. Squads: Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Shoaib Malik, Usman Khan, Fahim Ashraf, Umar Amin, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Aamer Yamin, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees, Sohail Khan World XI: Tim Paine (wk), Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, Grant Elliott, David Miller, George Bailey, Paul Collingwood, Ben Cutting, Tamim Iqbal, Darren Sammy, Thisara Perera, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel, Samuel Badree