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3rd T20I (N), Lahore, Sep 15 2017, Independence Cup
(20 ov, target 184)150/8
Pakistan won by 33 runs
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• The Report by Danyal Rasool in Lahore

Pakistan mark cricket's return with series win

Pakistan produced a clinical performance in all three departments to beat Faf du Plessis' men by 33 runs in the third and final T20I and clinch the series 2-1

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Commentator: Shashank Kishore
Scorecard summary
Pakistan183/4(20 overs)
World-XI150/8(20 overs)
end of over 205 runs
ICC: 150/8CRR: 7.50 
Daren Sammy24 (23)
Samuel Badree0 (2)
Rumman Raees4-1-20-1
Hasan Ali4-0-28-2

There's plenty still left from this series, which Osman, Danyal and Umar will bring you over the course of the next 24 hours. For now, as Pakistan comes together to thank World XI and revel in joy and maybe even relief over the smooth conduct of this series, it's time for us to say goodbye. This has truly been a special series, one which we all hope would be instrumental in ensuring more teams tour this part of the world in the not-too-distant future. On behalf of Akshay Gopalakrishnan, this is Shashank Kishore signing off. Cheers!

Sarfraz Ahmed: "No praise is enough for the guys," he says. "The guys have stopped eating rice and rotis. Credit to the trainers and coaches for laying down strict markers towards fitness. We were sloppy in the second game but the way we came back today was superb. This is a young team, the focus is to ensure we give them confidence and opportunities."

The winning Pakistan team now come up to receive awards. Sarfraz Ahmed gets the biggest cheer.

Faf du Plessis: This has been a huge success. We wanted to come here and play a small part in cricket coming back to Pakistan. Thank everyone for the opportunity for coming here. We were joking about it, the blokes were saying we should do this every year. For a lot of guys who don't play a lot of international cricket these days, this was terrific competition against a strong Pakistan side. There's lot more energy, their fielding is electric. That's a big change. They're as good as any team. Skills wise, yorkers, slower balls - they're all there. We were very happy to be here and play a role. Thank you so much for the hospitality.

Each member of the World XI squad - except Daren Sammy - and their support staff receive special medals from Dave Cameron. All of them get a huge round of applause.

Babar Azam is the Player of the series.

Ahmed Shehzad is the Player of the Match for his 55-ball 89. "I was just trying to play to the situation," he says. "Maybe I failed to score big runs in the first two games but we had good partnerships that took us to the totals we wanted. Today I decided to bat till the end. I thought if others could do it, why wasn't I able to build on my 30s and 40s. It came out well. I've been working really hard. The coaching staff have been with me through my thick and thin. They showed their faith and trust in me when I didn't score runs. I would like congratulate PCB and all the forces who have been working day and night. We've been talking to the international players and few of them even said they'd like to come back again. Yes, they came here, we all enjoyed but cricket wins."

Dave Cameron, chairman Cricket West Indies, receives a special coin from PCB chairman Najam Sethi for extending his support to Pakistan

10.35pm Andy Flower and his World XI players walk around the ropes to thank the crowd. That's a terrific gesture. Grant Elliott, while on commentary, even said how they wished this lasted longer. Let is not be forgotten that amidst the craze for cricket and the excitement this series produced, Shahid Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq were given an opportunity to say goodbye in front of their home fans.

10.30pm In the end, World XI were a group of players, while Pakistan was a team, and it finally showed. Sarfraz calls his boys into a huddle. Does all the talking before his boys roar in delight. They came into this series as favourites and have played like one. So the euphoria has carried on from their Champions Trophy win. Mind you, the visitors weren't any pushovers. There was some serious pedigree in there, but Pakistan - they'll love to hear this - have dominated in conditions familiar to them. Thank you for making this possible, Lahore.

Wonder how the fans must be feeling? Wonder if there is a feeling of emptiness that typically accompanies everyone at the end of a week of festivities. Or at the end of a big-fat wedding, perhaps? I'm sure those who were inconvenienced by all the security checks and traffic restrictions will also go home satisfied at having their monies worth.

19.6
1
Raees to Sammy, 1 run

slower and fuller on leg stump, bunted to the midwicket region. Pakistan take the series 2-1. Terrific scenes in Lahore. The fans are happy, the dressing room is happy, the coach is ecstatic. We've witnessed a terrific display of death bowling.

19.5
4
Raees to Sammy, FOUR runs

full toss which he's belted down to Babar, who fumbles at long-on to concede the boundary. Effort of a man who knows the result is a foregone conclusion. He can be forgiven though

19.4
Raees to Sammy, no run

wow, Wasim Akram who has mentored him at the PSL would surely be grinning ear to ear. Yorker, dead straight on middle, Sammy just about manages to bring his bat down to keep that out

19.3
Raees to Sammy, no run

slower delivery angling away, dropped it a touch short, Sammy looked to belt this over cover but was early into the stroke. Three dots

19.2
Raees to Sammy, no run

this is a stunning exhibition of death bowling. Full, dead straight on right towards the toe. Sammy gets a thick inside-edge onto the pad

19.1
Raees to Sammy, no run

slower and fuller outside off, Sammy looks to hit this over long on, swung through early. Beaten. Sammy wants pace on the ball, he'll get none of it

Right then. Last few minutes of cricket in what has been a superb series. Touchwood it has all passed off smoothly. Huge credit to Lahore and everyone associated with these matches to make it possible. Pakistan not far away from the trophy

end of over 195 runs
ICC: 145/8CRR: 7.63 RRR: 39.00 • Need 39 from 6b
Samuel Badree0 (2)
Daren Sammy19 (17)
Hasan Ali4-0-28-2
Usman Shinwari4-0-26-1
18.6
Hasan Ali to Badree, no run

thick inside edge on the slog to deep midwicket

18.5
1
Hasan Ali to Sammy, 1 run

mistimes an attempted biff over long-on to the fielder there. Completely cramped for room again, terrific bowling

18.4
Hasan Ali to Sammy, no run

outstanding yorker, just at the base of off, Sammy squeezes this past the bowler but doesn't bother running.

18.3
Hasan Ali to Sammy, no run

had already swung through towards the leg side by the time the slower ball arrived, beaten. Sarfraz dived forward to stop that

18.2
4
Hasan Ali to Sammy, FOUR runs

he's belted this length ball into the gap between deep midwicket and wide long-on.

18.1
Hasan Ali to Sammy, no run

cramped for room as he plays a short-arm jab to long-on. Refuses the single

end of over 183 runs • 1 wicket
ICC: 140/8CRR: 7.77 RRR: 22.00 • Need 44 from 12b
Samuel Badree0 (1)
Daren Sammy14 (12)
Usman Shinwari4-0-26-1
Hasan Ali3-0-23-2
17.6
Usman Shinwari to Badree, no run

length ball that pitches outside leg and holds its line to hit Badree on the pad as he looks to whip this to the leg side

17.5
1
Usman Shinwari to Sammy, 1 run

low full toss, drilled to long-on.

17.4
Usman Shinwari to Sammy, no run

back away to open the off side, the bowler floats a full and straight ball just outside off, beaten

17.3
W
Usman Shinwari to Morkel, OUT

Morne wasn't even halfway down the pitch when he gave up. Unfortunately for him, Babar fired a direct hit at the bowler's end from mid-off. Can he put a foot wrong? Me thinks not. Sarfraz's dash towards his young mate tells you how much he enjoyed that. They can smell a series win now. The crowd roars

Morne Morkel run out (Babar Azam) 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
17.2
1
Usman Shinwari to Sammy, 1 run

pulled away but not entirely in control, down to deep midwicket

17.1
1
Usman Shinwari to Morkel, 1 run

drills this full-length delivery to long-on

Morne on strike. You feel it's Sammy who has to face at least 14 of those

end of over 179 runs • 1 wicket
ICC: 137/7CRR: 8.05 RRR: 15.67 • Need 47 from 18b
Daren Sammy12 (9)
Hasan Ali3-0-23-2
Rumman Raees3-1-15-1
16.6
W
Hasan Ali to Miller, OUT

he's swung this straight to Babar at deep midwicket. Looked like he got the absolute bottom of the bat. The look at his blade tells you that was the case. He also didn't help his cause because this was hit towards the longer boundary.

David Miller c Babar Azam b Hasan Ali 32 (29b 2x4 1x6) SR: 110.34

Fahad Rahim : "I'm so disappointed why the boundaries are so short with the outfield already too quick. Mishits which should be caught at boundaries have been clearing them for sixes. Affects the quality of cricket and the morale of bowlers adversely." Fair point.

16.5
1
Hasan Ali to Sammy, 1 run

another yorker-length outside off, Sammy toe-ends this slog to midwicket. They look for a second but can't get it

Best performances - batters
Ahmed Shehzad portrait
Ahmed Shehzad
89 runs (55)
8 fours
3 sixes
Control91%
Productive shot
on drive
24 runs
1 four
2 sixes
216115723016
Babar Azam portrait
Babar Azam
48 runs (31)
5 fours
0 six
Control88%
Productive shot
on drive
11 runs
1 four
0 six
5150771112
Best performances - bowlers
Hasan Ali portrait
Hasan Ali
O
4
M
0
R
28
W
2
ECO
7
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Thisara Perera portrait
NLTC Perera
O
4
M
0
R
37
W
2
ECO
9.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
TossWorld-XI, elected to field first
SeriesIndependence CupWorld-XI tour of Pakistan
Season2017/18
Player Of The Match
Ahmed Shehzad
Ahmed Shehzad
Player Of The Series
Babar Azam
Babar Azam
Series resultPakistan won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberT20I no. 621
Hours of play (local time)19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.25, Interval 20.25-20.45, Second Session 20.45-22.10
Match days15 September 2017 - night(20-over match)
Umpires
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Ahsan Raza
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Shozab Raza
TV Umpire
Pakistan Image
Ahmed Shahab
Reserve Umpire
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Khalid Mahmood
Match Referee
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Richie Richardson