PAK 183/4 (20.0 Ovs)
WXI 150/8 (20.0 Ovs)
Sarfraz – captain, Pakistan: My boys put in a fantastic effort. Babar Azam’s innings was beyond appreciation. We got a good start. We’ve been working out because fitness has become important nowadays. So the fielding is improving too. We got run-outs today; the boys fielded better. We are a young team, so the effort is to build the confidence. Players should get a fair rope at the international level. There’s talent in Pakistan, it’s about getting opportunities. Thanks to the crowd, the security forces, the groundsman for preparing the high-scoring pitches. (translated from Urdu/Hindi)
Pakistan players now get their medallions from Mr. Sethi. “They are stars in the making,” quips Rameez Raja on air.
Du Plessis – captain, World XI: “The series is a huge success. Cricket’s come back to Pakistan. From our point of view, we thank everyone. Our team will get better (chuckles). Was a great competition; Pakistan are a very good side. It’s not the Pakistan team that you can beat in the field (easily). They have the skills with the ball and their batting is also strong. Captaining World XI was great. It’s a good bunch of guys. And it makes a week or ten days like this very enjoyable.”
World XI players get their medallions now.
Shehzad – Player of the Match: “I didn’t know of the record (of becoming the first Pakistani player to hit three consecutive sixes in T20Is). I failed to score good runs in the first two matches but today I decided to stay till the end – thinking if others can do it why not me?! – and it came very nicely. I have been working hard. I’d like to name Arthur; the coaching staff has been through thick and thin. That’s what you want from them. I’d like to thank the crowd, the World XI; some of them want to come back. Cricket wins; we all love this game. As a nation, we have a lot of passion for the game.”
“I’m over the moon,” says Najam Sethi. And adds, “Mubarka, mubarka, mubarka!” Means congratulations in English. Such a huge achievement this series has for this man.
What they said
Babar Azam: It’s obviously difficult to play your own home series away from home. Playing at home is relatively easy for us
Faf du Plessis: I expect the third match to be in similar conditions and hope to continue the form.
World XI (From): Tamim Iqbal, Hashim Amla, Tim Paine(w), Faf du Plessis(c), Thisara Perera, David Miller, Paul Collingwood, Ben Cutting, Samuel Badree, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, Darren Sammy, Grant Elliott, George Bailey
Pakistan (From): Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Sohail Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Usman Khan, Rumman Raees, Umar Amin, Fahim Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Aamer Yamin