Pakistan beat World XI by 33 runs; win Independence Cup 2-1

Esther Moore
September 16, 2017

Former Pakistan captains, Misbah ul Haq and Shahid Afridi were given standing ovation by a full house for their illustrious services for Pakistan cricket during the third and the last T20 global match of the independence Cup here on Friday night.

Earlier, Babar Azam continued his fine form with a 38-ball 45 while Ahmed Shehzad and Shoaib Malik made 43 and 39 runs respectively as Pakistan managed 174-6 in their allotted 20 overs.

Report, 2nd T20I: Hashim Amla smashed a half century and Thisara Perera provided an excellent finish with a 19-ball 47 as World XI defeated Pakistan by seven wickets in the second Twenty20 global on Wednesday.

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

Shehzad bagged the player of the match award while Azam was named the player of the series.

In Pakistan, the match will be shown live on PTV Sports, while Willow TV will telecast the game in the United States.

That left the series intriguingly placed with the final match on Friday, also in Lahore.

Cameron highlighted that the system in the West Indies cricket scene is different, where "we have to respect the players' decision", compared to Pakistan "where PCB makes all the decisions".

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Gracious in defeat, Du Plessis praised the Pakistan team and said he would welcome more opportunities to tour the country.

Came to chase down the total, World XI never looked in the contention as they lost their batsmen at regular intervals.

World XI: Faf du Plessis (C), Hashim Amla, George Bailey, Paul Collingwood, Ben Cutting, George Elliott, Tamim Iqbal, David Miller, Tim Paine, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Samuel Badree, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.

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

Shehzad fell 11 short of his second Twenty20 hundred as he attempted a single off a wide ball. His 55-ball knock included eight fours and three sixes.

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

The series was arranged as part of Pakistan's efforts to bring back worldwide cricket to the country, which has only hosted Zimbabwe for a limited-over series in 2015.

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