Pak­istan Beat World XI In Fi­nal T20

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LA­HORE (Reuters) - Pak­istan beat the tour­ing World XI on Fri­day by 33 runs in the fi­nal Twenty20 fix­ture in La­hore to win the three match se­ries 2-1 and thrill home fans ex­cited by the re­turn of in­ter­na­tional cricket.

Buoyed by a 102-run sec­ond-wicket stand be­tween opener Ahmed She­hzad and bats­man Babar Azam, Pak­istan reached 183 for four in their 20 overs be­fore re­strict­ing the star-stud­ded World XI team led by South African cap­tain Faf du Plessis to 150 for eight.

Pak­istan has only hosted one in­ter­na­tional se­ries since mil­i­tants at­tacked a bus trans­port­ing the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009. Six play­ers were wounded in the at­tack, in which two civil­ians and six se­cu­rity of­fi­cers lost their lives. Backed by the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC), the se­ries has been her­alded as the re­turn of in­ter­na­tional cricket. “We are over the moon. The peo­ple of Pak­istan are deliri­ous. We think that we have opened the door for the re­turn of in­ter­na­tional cricket,” Pak­istan Cricket Board chair­man Na­jam Sethi told Reuters.

Sri Lanka have agreed to visit Pak­istan for one match at the end of Septem­ber and West Indies are plan­ning to send a team later in the year, Sethi said.

Gra­cious in de­feat, Du Plessis praised the Pak­istan team and said he would wel­come more op­por­tu­ni­ties to tour the coun­try.

“We were talk­ing about it and say­ing this needs to hap­pen ev­ery year,” he said.

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