Pakistan, World XI team look for final flourish in 3rd T20I

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A file image of the Australian team led by Steve Smith

Perera had dropped Sarfraz Ahmed during Sri Lanka's ICC Champions Trophy 2017 league match against Pakistan in England with a semifinal spot on the line. He added, "We are hoping to see a good last match on Friday".

The tall Sri Lankan all-rounder had on off-day in the first T20I as he was carted for 51 runs off his four overs.

Shoaib Malik smashed a 20-ball 38 with two sixes and four boundaries to give the final touches to the innings. A loss for the home side it may be, but Pakistan cricket was most certainly the victor in a memorable evening in Lahore.

Their hearts would ultimately be broken when Perera hit Rumman Raees straight down the middle for a maximum to hand the World XI an unlikely victory.

WORLD XI batsman Thisara Perera hits the winning six. Pakistan were determined to clinch the series while the World XI were looking to live up to their billing by putting in a winning performance to keep the series alive.

Pakistan's experienced batsman Malik (39) lifted the total when he hit Cutting for two sixes in his 23-ball knock. His innings had taken him to 1692 runs in Twenty20 Internationals to become Pakistan's highest run-getter in the format, going past Umar Akmal's 1690 runs. His late assault was the sole reason the hosts crossed the 160-run mark to eventually settle on an imposing 174-6. Fakhar Zaman will take strike, Samuel Badree to bowl the first over.

The Aussie never really recovered from that point and was taken apart by Malik in the death overs. Ahmed Shehzad struggled to score boundaries whereas Babar Azam made the most of the opportunity and scored 86 runs from 52 deliveries hitting 10 fours and 2 sixes.

But soon he lost Plessis, who after slamming Nawaz for a six, got out the very next delivery, caught by Shadab at deep cover as the scoreboard showed 106-3 in the 14th over.

Imad cleaned up Paine with the total on 71 to return figures of 1-27 off four overs.

Not the best of days with the ball for Australia's Ben Cutting.

For World-XI, Hashim Amla made unbeaten 72 runs.

Thisara Perera usually does not have a good time against Pakistan.

The chase was getting tough for World XI, who needed 33 off the last 12 balls.

One six in his 12-ball innings was the only saving grace for Paine.

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