Pakistan had lost a wicket in the first over of the game when Babar Azam walked onto bat. He looked confident in his shot-selection as he pulled the first ball he faced from Morne Morkel. He was fluent on anything that was aimed at his pads and his cover-driving was superb. Babar looked nimble on his feet against Imran Tahir – driving confidently through extra cover and hitting over the top. He ended up scoring 86 off 52 deliveries and was adjudged man of the match for his game-changing innings.
Shadab was introduced in the eighth over, after World XI had lost both their openers in the Powerplay. Du Plessis was looking to up the ante as the required-rate was climbing above thirteen. In the 12th over du Plessis had smashed 22 runs off Hassan Ali and was looking to repeat the same against Shadab, who gave the ball a bit of an air and the skipper only managed it to hole it to deep mid-wicket. That was a big wicket considering the context of the game.
Miller can single-handedly take the game away with his long-range hitting and he was the next victim of Shadab in the 15th over, who had just charged down the wicket and smashed him for a big six over long-on. Shadab was clever enough to pull the length back as Miller had charged again at him but this time, the batter wasn’t to the pitch of the ball and missed the googly by a mile as Sarfraz completed the stumping.