Pakistan beat World XI by 33 runs to win Independence Cup


The series might be tied at 1-1 but Pakistan, as a country, is already a victor. Shadab Khan, 9. Hasan Ali, 10.

Perera made a whirlwind 19-ball 47 not out with five sixes, while Hashim Amla finished not out 72 off 55 balls to help the World XI overhaul a 175-run target and level the three-match series 1-1 before a packed Gaddafi stadium in Lahore.

Earlier, Shehzad and Azam added 102 runs off 57 balls for the second-wicket stand after Fakhar Zaman (27) provided Pakistan with a brisk start of 61 in front of a big crowd at the 25,000 capacity Gaddafi Stadium. ICC World XI skipper Faf Du Plessis chose to start proceedings with leg-spinner Samuel Badree, but the batsmen were up to the task as he was slammed for two boundaries.

After the Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan won the first Twenty20 global (T20I) match by 20 runs on Tuesday, the World XI came back strong to comfortably grab the second game by seven wickets on Wednesday. England's World T20 winning captain Paul Collingwood and Tim Paine were left out. Imad Wasim, 7. Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), 8.

Pacemen Rumman Raees and Hasan Ali removed those two and an unbeaten 24 from Sammy was never going to get the World XI close.

The lack of energy in the crowd could be blamed on the oppressively muggy weather
The lack of energy in the crowd could be blamed on the oppressively muggy weather

LAHORE: Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq waves out to the people while arriving in a traditional rickshaw. This is the final match of the Independence Cup, the fans and people of Pakistan enjoying cricket after a long time.

Pakistan cricket Board arranged separate rides for the two star players in "rikshaws" as soon as the Pakistan innings was completed during the match.

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

"My personal bond with guys like Mushtaq Ahmed and Muhammad Akram and my brother's experience with the Pakistani players make it particularly special for me to be here". "This series has reduced the suffocation as nearly every Pakistani enjoyed watching the cricket", said Mudassir Hussain, a 22-year old cricket lover. "As we host more foreign teams we will have relaxations but without compromising on the security for visiting teams or our players", Sethi said.

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