World XI bowl in decider; Hasan Ali returns for Pakistan

World XI bowl in decider; Hasan Ali returns for Pakistan

World XI bowl in decider; Hasan Ali returns for Pakistan

Pakistan will be aiming for to seize the historic Twenty20 worldwide series against the World XI in the intriguing finale on Friday.

The worldwide level cricket remained suspended in Pakistan following an attack on Sri Lanka's cricket team in 2009.

Under Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan team outplayed the World XI - with cricketers from seven countries - in Friday's decider to match the important occasion by claiming the series 2-1. Faf du Plessis (capt), 5. Thank everyone for the opportunity for coming here.

"When I sit down with my family some day and we talk about this". However, Lahore looks highly festive ahead of the match as the administration is decorating the routes with lights and posters carrying pictures of global players.

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LAHORE: Cricket lovers display huge Pakistani flag during final T20 Independence Cup between Pakistan and World XI. Ahmed Shehzad (43) and Babar Azam (45) too gave valuable contributions to their side. Babar Azam (48 off 31 balls) also missed out on his half century as Thisara Perera dismissed him in the final over of the innings.

However, Shehzad missed out on his second T20 global century when he tried to steal a needless run in the same over and was run out. Ben Cutting was the next victim of Ahmed Shehzad's onslaught as the in-form batsman slammed three consecutive sixes in the 18th over.

His and Pakistan's only hundred in a Twenty20 global had come against Bangladesh during the World Twenty20 tournament in 2014.

Hashim Amla hit an unbeaten 55-ball 72 while Thisara Perera ransacked 47* off 19 as the visitors chased down 175 on the penultimate ball. The World XI did ignite a slight comeback, but that did not last long as Pakistan got another wicket, this time Rumman Raees struck and got Perera's wicket in the 14 over.

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Former Pakistan skipper Misbah Ul- Haq and Shahid Afridi made their presence felt on the ground. The two were given a standing ovation by a packed 25,000 crowd.

The officials of ICC made it clear that the revival of the global cricket in Pakistan will take some time because the tours by ICC member nations would all be linked to the usual security condition in the country.

Sethi said the tour by the West Indies is an important milestone as it would be a proper bilateral series in Pakistan and it would open the windows for the PCB to negotiate with other cricket playing nations.

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