Pakistan win 20/20 series
– 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