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

16 September, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Pakistan beat World XI in 3rd match to seal Independence Cup

Pakistani team won the first of this three match series.

Pakistan's innings was built around opener Ahmed Shehzad's 55-ball 89 and a 31-ball 48 by Babar Zaman. Many members of Pakistan's young cricket-mad population, 60 percent of which is under 25, have not had a chance to watch live cricket at home.

World XI skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss and put Pakistan in to bat first, as was the case in the first two matches of the series.

A groundskeeper waters the pitch at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore
A groundskeeper waters the pitch at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore

Du Plessis said the significance of their tour was that it was something that was bigger than just playing for one's country. "This series has reduced the suffocation as nearly every Pakistani enjoyed watching the cricket", said Mudassir Hussain, a 22-year old cricket lover.

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.

David Miller and Thisara Perera scored 32 each while Hasan Ali took 2-28.

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It may be mentioned that over 10,000 policemen in uniform and plain clothes are on duty in and around Gaddafi Stadium today which is Final Day of Independence Day - World XI T20 Final. He cracked eight boundaries and three sixes.

However, Shehzad missed out on his second T20 worldwide century when he tried to steal a needless run in the same over and was run out.

Azam arrived to add a further 59 for the second wicket with Shehzad who finally perished in the 13th over.

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His and Pakistan's only hundred in a Twenty20 global had come against Bangladesh during the World Twenty20 tournament in 2014. They lost 6 wickets to Ben Cutting (1), Samuel Badree (2), Thisara Perera (2), and Imran Tahir (1).

Afridi was the first to have a round of the stadium and while passing through different enclosures a diehard crowd gave him standing ovation.

Although the PCB did manage to bring Zimbabwe to Lahore for a short limited over series in May, 2015, those matches were not approved by the International Cricket Council.

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A month later they are also likely to host the West Indies for three Twenty20 matches.

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