Pak­istan win 20/20 se­ries

The Citizen (KZN) - - SPORT - La­hore

– Pak­istan cel­e­brated the re­turn of in­ter­na­tional cricket with a thump­ing 33-run win to clinch the fi­nal Twenty20 match and the se­ries against a World XI team at La­hore’s Gaddafi sta­dium yes­ter­day.

The host­ing of the short se­ries is a ma­jor step to­wards con­vinc­ing in­ter­na­tional teams to be­gin tour­ing Pak­istan again, with Sri Lanka al­ready due to play a 20/20 match in La­hore on Oc­to­ber 29.

For­eign teams have re­fused to tour Pak­istan since a mil­i­tant at­tack on the Sri Lankan team bus in La­hore in March 2009.

Un­der Sar­fraz Ahmed, Pak­istan team out­smarted the World XI – with play­ers from seven coun­tries – in yes­ter­day’s de­cider to match the im­por­tant oc­ca­sion by claim­ing the se­ries 2-1.

Pak­istan had won the first match by 20 runs on Tues­day be­fore World XI lev­elled the se­ries with a seven-wicket vic­tory in the sec­ond on Wed­nes­day.

Bat­ting for World XI, only This­ara Per­era, with a 13-ball 32 in­clud­ing three sixes and two fours, and South Africa’s David Miller, who hit a 29-ball 32, made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions.

Oth­ers never got go­ing in a chase which saw three World XI bats­men run out. Pak­istan pacer Hasan Ali fin­ished as the best bowler with fig­ures of 2-28.

Pak­istan had piled up 183/4 af­ter they were sent into bat by World Xi skip­per Faf du Plessis.

Pak­istan’s in­nings was built around opener Ahmed She­hzad’s 55-ball 89 and a 31-ball 48 by Babar Za­man. – AFP

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