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

16 September 2017

Pakistan defeated World XI by 33 runs in the Third and final Twenty20 worldwide match to seal the Independence Cup series 2-1 here on Friday.

Before this series, only a couple of team members in the World XI had experience in playing in Pakistan conditions. Shehzad played blistering innings of 89 runs (55) to put Pakistan in a commanding position.

In a must-win game for both sides, Faf du Plessis, the World XI captain, called right and made a decision to bowl, just like he had in the first T20I, even though they ended up losing that game. Pakistan scored 174 runs in the first innings with the help of Ahmed Shehzad (43 runs) and Babar Azam (45 runs). Shadab Khan, 9. Hasan Ali, 10.

Perera then accounted for the wickets of Imad Wasim (15) and dismissed captain Sarfraz Ahmed without scoring in the 19th over as Pakistan slipped to 157-5. Hasan Ali returns for Pakistan in the decider. Hashim Amla, who slammed three lovely boundaries, was run out after a awful mix-up and at the 10-over mark, ICC World XI were struggling at 68 for the loss of 5 wickets.

Sri Lankan seamer Perera was the pick of World XI's bowlers with 2-37 in his four overs. In the next over Morkel was run out at just 1 and the World XI side was in heaps of trouble.

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Badree was one of two changes made by World XI along with England's Paul Collingwood - playing his first worldwide since retiring in 2011. "We wanted to come here and play a small part in cricket coming back to Pakistan".

Irfan, however, expressed sadness at missing the Independence Cup matches against the World XI which would have given him opportunity to play in front of home crowds and on home turf.

A month later they are also likely to host the West Indies for three Twenty20 matches. "As we host more foreign teams we will have relaxations but without compromising on the security for visiting teams or our players", Sethi said.

"It is the message to the enemies of peace that the nation will never allow their negative designs to succeed".

He added that if Pakistan Super League matches are played in Pakistan it would increase the confidence and trust of the global cricket community that security situation is safe in Pakistan.

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