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Third straight victory for Pakistan Shaheens in Australia

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At the TIO Stadium in Darwin on Wednesday night, Shawaiz Irfan’s aggressive half-century and methodical bowling effort helped Pakistan Shaheens defeat Melbourne Stars by a margin of 43 runs.

The Shaheens won the Top End T20 Series for the third time in a row.

After deciding to bat first, Shamyl Hussain and Shawaiz gave the Shaheens a strong 60-run start to their innings until left-handed Shamyl left the field on the penultimate ball of the fifth over. Shawaiz and captain Rohail Nazir combined 50 runs for the second wicket after Shamyl left. Before being dismissed, Shawaiz had scored 65 from 37 balls, including five fours and four sixes.

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Following Shawaiz, Rohail was bowled out by Arjun Nair in the 12th over. In 20 overs, Wahaj Riaz and Ahmed Khan helped Shaheens score 169 for 6.

Arjun Nair and Reiley Mark each claimed two wickets for the Stars.

With Cam McClure and Campbell Kellaway unable to bat owing to injuries, Melbourne Stars were never in the race for the chase and managed to score 126 for eight in 17.1 overs, falling 43 runs short of the mark.

Faisal Akram, a left-arm spinner for the Shaheens, claimed two wickets for 24 runs. Three wickets were taken, one each by Aaliyan Mehmood, Arafat Minhas, and Sajjad Ali.

In their final-round encounter at the DXC Arena on Friday, the Shaheens will play on PNG. At six o’clock local time, the opening ball of the game will be bowled. On Sunday, August 6 at 3 p.m. local time, the top two teams will compete in the tournament’s final.

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