Pakistan aiming to seal T20I series against World XI

The Dawn’s front page carried image of the World XI team making an entrance

Pakistan coasted to a comfortable 33-run victory against a World XI in their decisive Twenty20 worldwide on Friday to clinch the three-match series 2-1. Shehzad reached his fifty off 37 deliveries and struck three consecutive sixes in the 18th over to help Pakistan seize the momentum that they lost a bit in the middle.

Faf du Plessis-led World XI will look for a repeat performance and seal the series when they play Pakistan in the final T20 match at Gaddafi stadium.

Shoaib Malik (17 not out) played a useful seven-ball cameo to lift the hosts to 183 for four in their 20 overs. Shadab Khan, 9. Hasan Ali, 10.

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

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.

The Dawn highlighted what happened on the field and off
The Dawn highlighted what happened on the field and off

"I am still trying to convince Sri Lanka to play at least two matches in the coming series in Lahore", Sethi said.

World XI: Tim Paine (wk), Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Grant Elliott, David Miller, George Bailey, Paul Collingwood, Ben Cutting, Tamim Iqbal, Darren Sammy, Thisara Perera, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel, Samuel Badree.

Gracious in defeat, Du Plessis praised the Pakistan team and said he would welcome more opportunities to tour the country. Hasan Ali returns for Pakistan in the decider. It was a successfully organised series with former Pakistani skippers, Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi, given grand farewell by PCB. It's the only (cricket-playing) country I hadn't been to, but now I can say I've played cricket in Pakistan. Due to the aggressive bating of Ahmed Shehzad, Pakistan has made the winning score.

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. However, Lahore looks highly festive ahead of the match as the administration is decorating the routes with lights and posters carrying pictures of global players.

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