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

16 September, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • World XI skipper Faf du Plessis and Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed

In the second T20I between the ICC World XI and Pakistan, the mixture of players from the different country had a win over the host nation by seven wickets. Their efforts made the team to target down 175 runs.

The partnership ended in the worst possible way with Fakhar Zaman getting run out at the non-striker's end for 27. 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.

Pakistan openers Fakhar Zaman and Shehzad slowly piled on the pressure in the first innings with aggressive knocks, striking up a 61-run partnership.

Earlier, Babar Azam continued his fine form with a 38-ball 45 while Ahmed Shehzad and Shoaib Malik made 43 and 39 runs respectively as Pakistan managed 174-6 in their allotted 20 overs. The three other opening wickets in lower scores as Iqbal in 23, Tim Paine in 10, and the captain Faf du Plessis in 20.

Pacemen Rumman Raees and Hasan Ali removed those two and an unbeaten 24 from Sammy was never going to get the World XI close.

To the huge cheers of the jam-packed Gaddafi, Pakistan had won the match, but the World XI would leave Pakistan after winning the hearts of all cricket lovers in the country.


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.

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

"Dave has said that, InshaAllah, he will bring the West Indies team to Pakistan for a three-match tour late November", he explained.

In Pakistan, the match will be shown live on PTV Sports, while Willow TV will telecast the game in the United States.

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

He said that the victory in Independence Cup is the conquest of moderate and tolerant Pakistan, adding that irrespective of win or defeat, a peaceful Pakistan has won today.

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