That wraps up the formalities of this game. There was enough entertainment and let's hope there is more to come in the games to follow. Also hoping that we have a full house as the stadium wasn't packed to capacity today although the crowd was enthusiastic. The next T20I is on 13th September, 2017 at the same venue. World XI will be keen to bounce back with a bang. Tune in at 1900 local, 1400 GMT for all the action. Till then, it's goodbye from us. Cheers!
Pakistan skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed is happy with his team's victory. Praises his teammates, especially Azam for his knock. Opines that it was a good all-round show from Pakistan in this game. Expresses joy at the emergence of the young talents and adds that the experience of playing in front of home crowd should boost the morale further. Admits that the team's fitness has improved and hopes it continues. Ends by thanking the crowd and the PCB for all the support.
World XI skipper, Faf du Plessis feels that it was a good game and praises Pakistan for the performance. Opines that 180 was a par score and states that the hosts' attack used their variations well on the track. Rues the lack of partnerships from his side and feels that the batsmen who got starts could have kicked on. Feels that it was a good atmosphere to play cricket. Hopes that his side can bounce back in the next game. Praises the crowd for the vocal support.
Man of the Match, Babar Azam feels that clarity in mindset helps him to be consistent in T20s. States that all the hard work in the nets has paid off. Shrugged off talks about pressure despite facing World XI and states that the talk with Shehzad was to bat deep into the innings.
A collective performance from Pakistan's bowlers with the spinners in particular doing a brilliant job. The pacers also cleverly used the surface as they dished out more of the slower delivery assortment to stifle the scoring rate. In the end, they had enough on the board to win convincingly. It was a Babar Azam masterclass earlier in the evening that set up the Pakistan total which proved too much for the visitors. A good comeback for international cricket in Pakistan. The home side has won and that's an icing on the cake for the crowd.
Comfortable win for Pakistan! The target was always going to be tough for the World XI but they had a line up that had depth and power hitters in plenty. Amla and du Plessis got breezy starts but couldn't convert while Paine struggled to get going. As the pressure mounted, the middle order succumbed to the pressure and Sammy's big hits came too late in the piece to affect the result.
Hasan Ali to Darren Sammy
FOUR! Boundary to finish but it's the hosts who have prevailed. Sammy looks to go big but gets a thick inside edge that races down to the fine leg fence. Sammy shakes hands with Hasan Ali. PAKISTAN WIN BY 20 RUNS.
Ben Cutting is the new man in.
OUT! Mix up and Perera departs! On a length outside off, Sammy steers it through point and they get a single. Confusion on the second run and Perera is late to get back to the non-striker's end. The bails are whipped off and he is well short.
Hasan Ali to Thisara Perera
On a length outside off, dabbed to the off side for a single.
Very full and outside off, drilled down to long off for a single. The crowd has started to shout out loud as the result is now sealed. It was virtually beyond doubt during the last over or so actually.
What a response from Hasan Ali! Excellent yorker on off stump and Sammy is down on the ground as he tries to dig it out. Hasan is his PSL teammate and walks up to the West Indian to help him get up.
SIX! THAT'S GONE OVER THE ROPES! 6 biggies needed to win the game and Sammy has got one out of them. Shortish in length and he swivels to pull it over deep backward square leg for a flat maximum. Good power!
to Darren Sammy
Fuller and around leg stump, Sammy misses the flick and it struck on the pads as the ball rolls to the off side. Stifled lbw shout but pitching outside leg. There must have been a tiny edge as there is no signal from the umpire after the batsmen crossed.
SIX! HAMMERED! Raees is getting predictable now. Another slower ball on a good length and Sammy pummels it down the ground. Clears long on with ease. These hits have come too late in the game for the visitors.
Doesn't connect well! Waits on the slower shortish ball and gets a bottom edge on the slog that goes to the keeper.
SIX! SMASHED! Sammy has had enough of the slower ball diet and this time waits forever before clubbing it over a leaping deep mid-wicket fielder. Maximum! World XI a flurry of these in this over to stay alive.
Short ball and Sammy ducks under it. Thought he may get a wide but doesn't. DOT BALL!
Slower ball outside off, Sammy tries to have a go at it but misses.
Rumman Raees has a change of ends. 47 needed from 12. Barring a miracle, Pakistan have this one in the bag.