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

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

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

That Flower, who also coached England in the past, is playing a leading role after agreeing to coach the World XI side in the three ODI matches against Pakistan in Lahore, the very same city where the terrorist attacks triggered the country's problems in attracting the world's best cricket nations to its shores, is significant.

With the series ending on a successful note, Pakistan have taken another step towards hosting worldwide games on regular basis with the World XI players and support staffs deserving a lot of credit.

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World XI captain Faf du Plessis and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

Pakistan's innings was built around opener Ahmed Shehzad's 55-ball 89 and a 31-ball 48 by Babar Zaman.

Pakistan marked the return of worldwide cricket to the country with a 20-run win in the first match on Tuesday. Hasan Ali's brilliant ball clipped the stumps and Cutting headed back to the pavilion after scoring just 5.

Bailey then fell to an Imad Wasim ball in the 8 over.

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Badree was one of two changes made by World XI along with England's Paul Collingwood - playing his first global since retiring in 2011.

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

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.

During the innings break the Pakistan cricket Board arranged a lap of honour for retired greats Shahid Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif congratulated Pakistan XI for winning the third T20 match and Independence Cup against the World XI.

A month later they are also likely to host the West Indies for three Twenty20 matches. However, Lahore looks highly festive ahead of the match as the administration is decorating the routes with lights and posters carrying pictures of worldwide players. "As we host more foreign teams we will have relaxations but without compromising on the security for visiting teams or our players", Sethi said.

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