Pakistan beat World XI by 33 runs to win Independence Cup

Rachel Hardy
September 16, 2017

Pakistan beats World XI by a thumping 33 runs in the final Twenty20 today to clinch the three-match series which marked the return of global cricket to the country.

World XI captain Faf du Plessis said expressed resolve to seize the cup, adding that the team will play the final match with same mind set as it maintained in the second match.

The series might be tied at 1-1 but Pakistan, as a country, is already a victor.

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.

After World XI won the toss and opting to field, bowlers failed to click as Pakistan's Ahmed Shazad (89) and Babar Azam (48) thrashed the visitors all around the park.

Pakistan beat World XI by 33 runs to win Independence Cup

In the previous game, Pakistan who batted first scored a decent 174 runs with the loss of six wickets in 20 overs. Imad Wasim, 7. Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), 8. Miller fell to a Hasan Ali ball.

Ben Cutting (5) was castled by Hasan Ali (2-28) while Amla was run out as World XI reached 43 for three in the powerplay. 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. In the next over Morkel was run out at just 1 and the World XI side was in heaps of trouble. England's World T20 winning captain Paul Collingwood and Tim Paine were left out. "We wanted to come here and play a small part in cricket coming back to Pakistan".

Former Pakistan skipper Misbah Ul- Haq and Shahid Afridi made their presence felt on the ground.

"On a more personal note, I have a strong bond with Pakistan, having toured here with the Zimbabwe cricket team in 1993, 1996 and 1998, " Flower said. "The tremendous interest of the people in the event is the proof that Pakistanis are a peaceful nation", he said. "Now, overseeing these matches, their report will determine how FICA (Federation of International Cricketers' Associations) and our players' association would decide on West Indies team's proposed tour to Pakistan", he said.

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