Pakistan beats World XI in T20 decider

Sep 15, 2017 - 6:01 PM Pakistan coasted to a comfortable 33-run victory against a World XI in their decisive Twenty20 international to clinch the three-match series 2-1.

Pakistan's total of 4-183 revolved around a century stand between Ahmed Shehzad (89) and Babar Azam (48) after World XI captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and chose to field.

The World XI crumbled against Pakistan's superb ground fielding with three batsmen getting run outs before it was restricted at 8-150.

Fast bowler Hasan Ali returned after missing the second match with a strained back, and took 2-28.

The World XI chase was in trouble after the experienced Hashim Amla (21) and Du Plessis (13) were both run out.

Earlier, Shehzad and Azam added 102 runs off 57 balls for the second-wicket stand after Fakhar Zaman (27) provided Pakistan a brisk start of 61 without loss.

Shehzad, who hit eight fours in his 55-ball knock, upped the scoring rate in the last three overs when he smashed three successive sixes off Australian seamer Ben Cutting in the 18th over.

However, Shehzad missed out on his second T20 international century when he tried to steal a needless run in the same over and was run out.

Azam, dropped on 22 by South African Imran Tahir at fine leg, also missed his second half century of the series when he holed out after scoring 48 off 31 balls with five boundaries.

Shoaib Malik (17) provided an ideal finish to the innings with two sixes as Pakistan scored 107 runs in the last 10 overs.

The World XI stumbled in its reply to be 5-67 by the 10th over. Tamim Iqbal (14) struck three boundaries before he was clean bowled off left-arm seamer Usman Shinwari.

Ben Cutting and Amla both fell in Ali's first over before former Australia captain George Bailey and Du Plessis also departed.

Thisara Perera and David Miller both scored 32 runs each to reduce the margin of defeat.

Source: AAP

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