Pakistan beats World XI, wins series

The large security presence did little to temper the enthusiasm of fans in the cricket-mad country

The large security presence did little to temper the enthusiasm of fans in the cricket-mad country

Pakistan will be aiming for to seize the historic Twenty20 global series against the World XI in the intriguing finale on Friday.

In March 2009's, terrorists attack on the the Sri Lankan players near the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore made it clear that no country is going to play in Pakistan again.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has insisted that he would love to win all the three T20I matches of the Independence Cup against the World XI. The World XI chase was off-tracked after the experienced Hashim Amla (21) and Du Plessis (13) were both run out, as they lost wickets with regular intervals.

Pakistan, which was restricted to 174-6, looked on top in the 14th over when it dismissed captain Faf du Plessis for 106-3.

Grant even conveyed his feelings that he is hopeful that Pakistan will soon be able to play Test cricket on its home soil. Thank everyone for the opportunity for coming here.

'As a cricketer, knowing that you can not play cricket hurts badly, ' Irfan said. His 55-ball knock included eight fours and three sixes.

Earlier, Pakistan, sent into bat by the World XI, scored 183-4.

The worldwide team opened their innings with hard knocks from Tamim Iqbal, bringing them to 15 runs at the end of the second over.

Left-hander Fakhar Zaman (21) hit Australian seamer Ben Cutting for three boundaries in the second over of the innings but was trapped leg before wicket by West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree (2-31).

Shehzad fell 11 short of his second Twenty20 hundred as he attempted a single off a wide ball.

"If security plans stay as good as this, other teams will also come here".

All-rounder Shoaib Malik was also uncertain for the decider after picking a finger injury during Wednesday's game but team sources have confirmed that he will play.

A farewell ceremony has been arranged by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to give tribute to the former captains Misbah-ul Haq, Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi for their contributions to Pakistan.

It's the only (cricket-playing) country I hadn't been to, but now I can say I've played cricket in Pakistan.

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