Pakistan won the ‘finale’ against the World XI by 33 runs after the visiting side failed to achieve the target of 184.The third and final match of the Independence Cup saw Pakistan batting first against World XI. Owing to the marvellous innings of opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad, Pakistan won the three-match Independence Cup T20 series at Gaddafi Stadium on Friday.
Pakistan gave the target of 184 runs to the visitors. Shehzad played blistering innings of 89 runs (55) to put Pakistan in a commanding position.In the ninth over, Pakistan lost Fakhar Zaman after the Pakistani batsman had scored 27 runs.
Babar Azam and Ahmed Shehzad built a scintillating partnership which lasted till the 18th over when the latter was run out after amazing batting show with the score of 89. Pakistan by now had scored 164 runs for the loss of two wickets.
In the last over, Pakistan lost two wickets and scored 8 runs. The innings finished with the greens giving the World XI an objective of 184 for the loss of four wickets.
In the second innings, Pakistan began strong and took the first wicket in the second over of the match as Tamim Iqbal tumbled to a Usman Khan ball. At this stage, the World XI were at 15/1.
Pakistan’s balling kept the hostility up and in the fifth over, the meeting side lost Cutting. Hasan Ali’s splendid ball cut the stumps and Cutting made a beeline for the structure in the wake of scoring only 5.
On the exact next ball, Hashim Amla was casualty to the gigantic mistake amongst him and du Plessis. Because of the mistake, Amla was disappointingly out in the wake of scoring 21 runs.
Bailey at that point tumbled to an Imad Wasim ball in the eighth over. The batsman scored only 3 runs and did not enable World XI’s to cause as the meeting side had scored 53 keeps running for the loss of four wickets.
Du Plessis was the following batsman to head back after the recently selected South African captain had scored only 5 runs. The World XI ignited a slight comeback, yet that did not keep going long as Pakistan got another wicket, this time Rumman Raees struck and got Perera’s wicket in the fourteenth over.
World XI were at 137 keeps running before the fall of their seventh wicket. Mill operator tumbled to a Hasan Ali ball. The batman had overseen 32 keeps running on 29 balls. In the following over Morkel was run out at only 1 and the World XI side was in a bad position.
With 44 runs required from 12 balls, and with just two wickets remaining, Pakistan was in total control. No more wickets fell amid whatever remains of the match however it was glorious demise rocking the bowling alley from Hasan Ali and Rumman Raees, yielding just 10 keeps running from both the overs.
To the huge cheers of the stick pressed Gaddafi, Pakistan had won the match, yet the World XI would leave Pakistan in the wake of winning the hearts of all cricket lovers in the country.
Man of the match is Ahmad Shehzad and Man of the Series is Babar Azam for their outstanding performances.