Pakistan beat World XI in 3rd match to seal Independence Cup

Posted September 16, 2017

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

Talking about the official announcement of the end of his ban, he said, "As every official of PCB is busy in the World XI series, I will be contacting them over phone and then they will give me time to meet and for the official letter after which is will be able to play cricket".

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. Hasan Ali's brilliant ball clipped the stumps and Cutting headed back to the pavilion after scoring just 5. Imad Wasim, 7. Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), 8. Hasan Ali returns for Pakistan in the decider.

The World XI chase was off-tracked after the experienced Hashim Amla (21) and Du Plessis (13) were both run out, as they lost wickets with regular intervals.

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With 44 runs required from 12 balls, and with only two wickets remaining, Pakistan was in complete control.

But Perera took charge in the last five overs as he cut loose against Pakistan seamers Shoaib Malik and Rumman Raees. England's World T20 winning captain Paul Collingwood and Tim Paine were left out.

He said: "Pakistan is an unavoidable part of the global cricket community and the Pakistani people are very passionate about the game".

LAHORE: Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq waves out to the people while arriving in a traditional rickshaw. The third and final T20 will be played on Friday and the home fans will be hoping for a positive result.

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Speaking on a television channel last night, Sethi said the itinerary for the matches against West Indies would be announced soon.

"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".

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

"We were a little sloppy today in the field", Ahmed said.

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