Pakistan beats World XI, wins series

Rosalie Stanley
September 16, 2017

In reply, World XI only managed to score 150 runs.

"I am still trying to convince Sri Lanka to play at least two matches in the coming series in Lahore", Sethi said.

Now, more than three decades after those rebel tours started, some of South African's finest cricketers have been playing a leading role, this week, to break the barriers which have seen Pakistan unable to host global cricket in its backyard since militants attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in 2009. At this stage, the World XI were at 15/1. Ahmed Shehzad (43) and Babar Azam (45) too gave valuable contributions to their side.

Pakistan won the first match by 20 runs on Tuesday before the World XI fought back with a seven-wicket victory on Wednesday to set up Friday's decider.

"This has been a huge success", said du Plessis.

Perera then accounted for the wickets of Imad Wasim (15) and dismissed captain Sarfraz Ahmed without scoring in the 19th over as Pakistan slipped to 157-5. ICC World XI skipper Faf Du Plessis made a decision to start proceedings with leg-spinner Samuel Badree, but the batsmen were up to the task as he was slammed for two boundaries. Miller fell to a Hasan Ali ball.

Pakistan beats World XI, wins series
Pakistan beats World XI, wins series

With 44 runs required from 12 balls, and with only two wickets remaining, Pakistan was in complete control.

Speaking at toss, Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said that fast bowler Hasan Ali will make comeback in place of Sohail Khan.

Badree was one of two changes made by World XI along with England's Paul Collingwood - playing his first global since retiring in 2011. It was a successfully organised series with former Pakistani skippers, Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi, given grand farewell by PCB. This is the final match of the Independence Cup, the fans and people of Pakistan enjoying cricket after a long time.

Both the teams have won one match each.

The charged crowd repeated chanted slogans in recognition of their meritorious services for the Pakistan cricket. "Now, overseeing these matches, their report will determine how FICA (Federation of International Cricketers' Associations) and our players' association would decide on West Indies team's proposed tour to Pakistan", he said.

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