3rd ODI Brief scores: Pakistan 183/4 in 20 overs (Ahmed Shehzad 89, Babar Azam 48; Thisara Perera 2-37) vs World XI 150/8 in 20 overs (Thisara Perera 32; Hasan Ali 2-27) by 33 runs.
The third and final Twenty20 International turned out to be a one-sided affair with Pakistan sealing a 33-run win over World XI at the Gaddafi Stadium on Friday (September 15).
The result, though, considering the main motive of the series, wasn’t at the top of the priority tree; but with the hosts winning it in front of their home crowd gave something that most in Pakistan had craved for a long time. Several things went against them – the ticket prices, the heightened security, the hot weather in the city being some of them.
Once Zaman was dismissed, the scoring rate though came down. Both Shehzad and Babar Azam (48) found it hard to break the shackles in the middle overs as World XI bowlers tightened the noose. Only five boundaries were hit from the seventh over till the 16th over as the innings meandered along.
Even when the duo tried to go for the big hits, the ball failed to find the ropes. There was a stage when Pakistan scored 18 consecutive singles before striking a boundary. Shehzad, having crossed his half century by then, finally managed to get going in the 17th over.
He struck Ben Cutting for three consecutive sixes as Pakistan started motoring towards a challenging total. Shehzad was run out after a 55-ball stay while Babar fell in the final over. They gathered steam for a while, after a period of lull, and lost momentum too pretty quickly. It was Shoaib Malik who again propped up the side in the end and smashed 17 off seven.