Saturday, September 16, 2017

Pakistan beat World XI by 33 runs in final T20I to win historic series

Pakistani cricketers pose for a photograph with trophy after winning the third and final Twenty20 International match against World XI at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore. Pic/AFP
Pakistani cricketers pose for a photograph with trophy after winning the third and final Twenty20 International match against World XI at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore. Pic/AFP

Pakistan clinched the Independence Cup Twenty20 competition by beating the World XI by 33 runs at the Gaddafi Stadium last night.

The hosts won the three-match series 2-1 and marked the return of international cricket in grand style. World XI were restricted to 150 for eight in 20 overs in response to Pakistan's impressive 183-4.

Opener Ahmed Shehzad missed his second Twenty20 international century when he fell for 89. Babar Azam slammed a 31-ball 48 with five boundaries and added 102 for the second wicket with Shehzad. Pakistan won the first match by 20 runs on Tuesday before the World XI came back with a seven-wicket victory on Wednesday.

Brief scores
Pakistan 183-4 in 20 overs (A Shehzad 89, B Azam 48; T Perera 2-37) bt World XI 150-8 in 20 overs (D Miller 32, T Perera 32; H Ali 2-28) by 33 runs


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