Pakistan beats World XI in final T20, anticipates return of worldwide cricket

Tight schedule political issues kept Indian players away from Pakistan World XI series Andy Flower

Pakistan Eleven thrashed the World Eleven to clinch the Independence Cup, winning the three-match Twenty20 global series 2-1, here amid tight security at the jam-packed Gaddafi Stadium on Friday night.

In the first game, Pakistan won by 20 runs which marked the return of global cricket to the hosts.

Chasing a decent total, World XI reached the winning shores with the loss of just three wickets.

Babar Azam and Ahmed Shehzad built a scintillating partnership which lasted till the 18 over when the latter was run out after incredible batting show with the score of 89.

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With the successful conclusion of the Independence Series between Pakistan and World XI, hopes for more global matches at home in future have increased.

A spectator waves the national flag of Pakistan while watching with others the final match of World XI cricket series in Lahore, Pakistan September 15, 2017.

"The agreement with the West Indies Cricket Board has been finalised and done and they have confirmed they will come to Lahore in November to play three T20 Internationals", PCB chairman Najam Sethi said. "This series has reduced the suffocation as nearly every Pakistani enjoyed watching the cricket", said Mudassir Hussain, a 22-year old cricket lover. Hashim Amla was involved in a mix-up with Faf du Plessis, and departed. Nonetheless, the base was not set up and they lost wickets at regular intervals.

Ahmed missed his second T20 worldwide century when he fell for 89.

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Still needing 33 runs off the last two overs, Perera and Amla took 20 off Sohail's 19th over that saw Shoaib Malik dropping the Sri Lankan left-hander's easy catch at long off.

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.

Former Pakistan skipper Misbah Ul- Haq and Shahid Afridi made their presence felt on the ground. Only Zimbabwe visited the country in 2015 for a short series, an effort to revive the cricket in Pakistan to amuse local cricket lovers.

In his message of felicitation, the chief minister said that the players of Pakistan XI have won the Independence Cup by playing marvellously, while according the opportunity of happiness to the people.

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