Pakistan wins independence cup against World XI

Lahore's Gaddafi stadium gears for international cricket's return as Pakistan hosts World XI

Lahore's Gaddafi stadium gears for international cricket's return as Pakistan hosts World XI

Both teams are equal with 1-1 points in the three-match series of the worldwide cricket that returned to Pakistan's grounds around after 8 years.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bat in the second Twenty20 global against the World XI at Lahore's Gaddafi stadium on Wednesday.

Addressing the media in Lahore, the Pakistan skipper said that they have young team which has the ability to beat any team.

While in the second match, Thisara Perera hit a towering six off the penultimate ball to steer the World XI to a thrilling seven-wicket win over Pakistan on Wednesday.

World XI captain Faf du Plessis hailed the series as a big step and success.

Shehzad (89) tried to sneak a bye but his exhaustion got the better of him and he was run out by keeper George Bailey leaving Pakistan 163 for 2.

Chasing a stiff target of 184, World XI failed to get off to a good start as they lost opener, Tamim Iqbal, early.

Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), Shoaib Malik, Usman Khan, Fahim Ashraf, Umar Amin, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Aamer Yamin, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees, Sohail Khan. In reply, World XI only managed to score 150 runs.

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

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur is hoping this would pave the way for more cricket to be played in Pakistan.

"The ICC has already agreed to invest in security and improving the security capabilities for a three-year period", said Richardson, further adding that he would like to see other countries sending their teams to Pakistan.

His and Pakistan's only hundred in a Twenty20 global had come against Bangladesh during the World Twenty20 tournament in 2014.

The World XI stumbled in its reply to 5-67 by the 10th over.

Pakistan is once again hosting global cricket, and fans in the cricket-crazy country seem to be loving it.

Sethi said Sri Lanka had also agreed to play a one-off T20 global in Lahore on October 29, though he was still holding out hope for two matches.

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