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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)
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

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