In order to maintain top ranking in T20 Internationals, Pakistan is looking to complete clean sweep against Bangladesh in third and final T20 match today (Jan 27). The green shirts will slide to second behind England or India in the rankings if they lose the match. Pakistan have retained their top position since January 2018.
Pakistan, who fielded the same XI in the first two matches, might want to test their bench strength in the final game. Teenager Muhammad Musa might get a look in, while one of Amad Butt and Usman Qadir might be handed an international debut.
A masterful 66* from Babar Azam, the No.1 batsman in the ICC T20I Rankings, helped Pakistan chase down the 137-run target with nine wickets and 3.2 overs to spare.
Mohammad Hafeez was excellent as well, registering a 49-ball 67* after walking in to bat in the second over. The duo navigated Bangladesh’s bowling attack expertly, taking the hosts to a memorable series victory in Lahore. While Bangladesh struggled to put on a big score, Tamim Iqbal impressed with a 53-ball 65 at the top of the order. He looked set to get a big score, but was run out in the 18th over.
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17 November, 2019