Pakistan win Independence Cup against World XI

Beth Cruz
September 16, 2017

Pakistan beat the touring World XI on Friday by 33 runs in the final Twenty20 fixture in Lahore to win the three match series 2-1 and thrill home fans excited by the return of worldwide cricket.

The first match, accorded global status by the worldwide Cricket Council, is only the second time Pakistan has hosted an worldwide match since militants attacked the bus of the visiting Sri Lankan team in March 2009, killing eight people and injuring seven players and staff.

The partnership ended in the worst possible way with Fakhar Zaman getting run out at the non-striker's end for 27.

Pakistan had piled up 183-4 after they were sent into bat by World Xi skipper Faf du Plessis.

For Pakistan, Ahmed Shahzad remained top scorer with 89 runs and Babar Azam scored 48.

Pakistan won the first match by 20 runs on Tuesday but struggled to contain World XI's strong batting line-up after its frontline fast bowler Hasan Ali was ruled out of Wednesday's game due to back strain. Hasan Ali's brilliant ball clipped the stumps and Cutting headed back to the pavilion after scoring just 5. England's World T20 winning captain Paul Collingwood and Tim Paine were left out.

Bailey then fell to an Imad Wasim ball in the 8 over.

World XI: Tamim Iqbal, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (c), David Miller, Darren Sammy, Thisara Perera, George Bailey (wk), Ben Cutting, Samuel Badree, Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir.

"I am still trying to convince Sri Lanka to play at least two matches in the coming series in Lahore", Sethi said. The third and final T20 will be played on Friday and the home fans will be hoping for a positive result.

Because of the ongoing decent T20I short series, the Sri Lanka and West Indies have reportedly agreed to play against Pakistan in their country in coming months.

"The World XI is fully backed and supported by all the Test playing countries, all the professional cricketers union as well as the ICC".

"We were a little sloppy today in the field", Ahmed said.

He added that the holding of the event in a peaceful and congenial environment has paved the way for worldwide cricket in Pakistan.

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