8.45pm Evening, everyone. A big target for the World XI to try and hunt down, but that's exactly what their batting line-up is designed for: great depth, and lots of power-hitting. How will they go against Pakistan's bowling, though? It's Imad Wasim with the new ball, as is often the case, as Tamim Iqbal and Hashim Amla walk out to open the batting. Imad goes left-arm around to Tamim.

0.1
1w
Imad Wasim to Tamim Iqbal, 1 wide, starts with a big wide down the leg side, shortish, but too wide for Tamim to try and pull
0.1
0
Imad Wasim to Tamim Iqbal, no run, this one starts outside leg again, but continues with the drift into the stumps. Defended from the crease

What's happening here? Small pause. Looks like the buckle of Sarfraz's left pad has snapped. He sprinted out into the leg side, from behind the stumps, to deny Tamim a single for the defensive shot off the previous ball.

0.2
1
Imad Wasim to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, nice length, drifting across the left-hander and continuing on with that drift, towards off stump. Looks for turn, looks to flick off the front foot, gets a leading edge into the covers
0.3
1
Imad Wasim to Amla, 1 run, back of a length, angling into middle and leg. Stays back and punches to long-on
0.4
0
Imad Wasim to Tamim Iqbal, no run, length ball slanting across to off stump, defended back towards the bowler
0.5
0
Imad Wasim to Tamim Iqbal, no run, back of a length on off stump, whipped to midwicket
0.6
1
Imad Wasim to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, slower this time, on middle stump, clipped gently towards square leg

END OF OVER:
1 | 4 Runs | World: 4/0 (194 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 10.21)

  • Tamim Iqbal2 (5b)
  • HM Amla1 (1b)
  • Imad Wasim1-0-4-0

Here's Sohail Khan.

Jamal aqeel: "All the subcontinent teams tend to decrease the boundary length in order to get more six and fours which i still don't understand because a match can be competitive with low scores as they do in Australia. " -- The boundaries have definitely been pulled in a long way today.

1.1
0
Sohail Khan to Tamim Iqbal, no run, down the track, making room, looks for that inside-out loft over the covers, but swings too early at a length ball that swings in slightly from outside off - doesn't miss the off stump by much
1.2
1lb
Sohail Khan to Tamim Iqbal, 1 leg bye, back of a length, on the legs. Looks to tuck it away square, only gets a bit of thigh pad on it down to short fine leg
1.3
4
Sohail Khan to Amla, FOUR, back of a length on off stump, and that's superb timing from Amla, lets it come on and punches with a straight bat to the right of mid-on. Just keeps running away from the desperately chasing Hasan Ali, and he can't quite pull it back in with the dive either
1.4
1
Sohail Khan to Amla, 1 run, length ball on middle stump, clipped to deep square leg
1.5
0
Sohail Khan to Tamim Iqbal, no run, full, a bit of width, Tamim drives but can't get it past the extra-cover fielder, who moves quickly to his right and makes a diving stop
1.6
1
Sohail Khan to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, shortish, close to off stump. Looks to make room and slap it away but the ball stops on Tamim and he can only chop it down into the covers

END OF OVER:
2 | 7 Runs | World: 11/0 (187 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 10.38)

  • Tamim Iqbal3 (9b)
  • HM Amla6 (3b)
  • Sohail Khan1-0-6-0
  • Imad Wasim1-0-4-0
2.1
1
Imad Wasim to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, down the track but leaves his crease too early. Imad sees him and fires it down shorter. Punched down to long-on for one
2.2
0
Imad Wasim to Amla, no run, back of a length close to off stump, punched to extra-cover
2.3
0
Imad Wasim to Amla, no run, length ball on middle stump, stays back to clip to midwicket
2.4
0
Imad Wasim to Amla, no run, back of a length close to off stump, punched off the back foot to cover
2.5
6
Imad Wasim to Amla, SIX, shortish on middle and off, and the short boundaries make all the difference. Clears his front leg and just swats this away over wide mid-on, carries all the way
2.6
0
Imad Wasim to Amla, no run, back of a length on middle and off, punched back to the bowler

END OF OVER:
3 | 7 Runs | World: 18/0 (180 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 10.58)

  • HM Amla12 (8b)
  • Tamim Iqbal4 (10b)
  • Imad Wasim2-0-11-0
  • Sohail Khan1-0-6-0

Bilal: "People would have loved to see Muhammad Amir here. I have seen people carrying posters of his name and he hasn't spent much time here after the champions trophy. But he must be having fun with his newly born daughter,"

3.1
0
Sohail Khan to Tamim Iqbal, no run, back of a length close to off stump, goes deep in his crease and dabs to short third man. Amla wants one, Tamim sends him back, and a direct hit at the bowler's end would have left him a long way out
3.2
4
Sohail Khan to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, this time he puts it away. Not the first time he's tried to step out and make himself room. Gets a short ball on off stump and slaps it away through cover point
3.3
4
Sohail Khan to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, shortish on off stump, not a long hop, but he was almost setting himself up for this. Leans back and pulls it away over midwicket, hard and flat
3.4
0
Sohail Khan to Tamim Iqbal, no run, nicely bowled. Again he jumps out, making lots of room, and this time Sohail bowls a back-of-the-hand slower ball that moves away from the left-hander like a googly. Tamim swings and misses, looking to slap through point
3.5
1w
Sohail Khan to Tamim Iqbal, 1 wide, another slower ball, but this is a long way down the leg side. Goes for a big hoick, but it's too wide to connect

Looks like there's some dew about. Sohail's wiping the ball with a towel.

3.5
1
Sohail Khan to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, fullish on off stump, blocked a short distance away, into the off side, and they sprint through for one

Babar's best

55*

Previous highest score for Babar Azam in T20Is, which he has gone past in this match. This is his second fifty in 9 T20I games.