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Pakistan beat World XI in 3rd match to seal Independence Cup

16 September 2017, 01:11 | Kristopher Drake

This will be the World XI's Twenty20 debut and Pakistan will forever be linked with that unique achievement

This will be the World XI's Twenty20 debut and Pakistan will forever be linked with that unique achievement

Pakistan had won the first match by 20 runs on Tuesday before World XI levelled the series with a seven-wicket victory in the second on Wednesday.

"I am proud to be captain of the World XI, to be bringing worldwide cricket back to Pakistan". But, the middle order Tim Paine and Faf du Plessis forgot to rain their scores in last two matches. Pakistani players have outclassed the World XI in fielding and bowling, as well, he added. Thank everyone for the opportunity for coming here.

"We were happy to see two of stars of our cricket inside the stadium and PCB deserve praise for honoruing their heros in a respectful manner", said a section of crowd while talking to APP.

He added that if Pakistan Super League matches are played in Pakistan it would increase the confidence and trust of the global cricket community that security situation is safe in Pakistan. Miller, Perera and Darren Sammy fought hard to take the total to 150 for 8; falling short by 33 runs.

Others never got going in a shaky chase which saw three World XI batsmen run out.

World XI captain Faf du Plessis and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad had earlier missed his second Twenty20 worldwide century when he fell for 89.

Pakistan beat World XI in 3rd match to seal Independence Cup
Pakistan beat World XI in 3rd match to seal Independence Cup

Azam dropped on 22 by South African Imran Tahir at fine leg, also missed his second half-century of the series when he holed out after scoring 48 off 31 balls with five boundaries.

His and Pakistan's only hundred in a Twenty20 worldwide had come against Bangladesh during the World Twenty20 tournament in 2014.

Shehzad, who hit eight fours in his 55-ball knock, upped the scoring rate in the last three overs when he smashed three successive sixes off Australian seamer Ben Cutting in the 18th over.

For the World XI, Sri Lankan medium-fast bowler Thisara Perera was the only bowler among the wickets.

LAHORE: Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq waves out to the people while arriving in a traditional rickshaw.

"We owe all players of the visiting team for helping Pakistan restore global cricket in the country", Lahore resident Uzma Hussain told Reuters.

Pakistan hopes the successful staging of this series will help them host Sri Lanka for a Twenty20 worldwide on October 29, at the end of their full series in the United Arab Emirates.

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