Pak­istan down World XI in fi­nal of three-match se­ries

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LA­HORE ( Pak­istan): Pak­istan beat the tour­ing World XI 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 on Fri­day 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 said. — Reuters

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