Pakistan beats World XI in 3rd T20 to win Independence Cup

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LAHORE: Pakistan claimed victory in 3rd and final T20 international against World Xi on Friday as the visitors failed to chase 184 at Qaddafi stadium. World XI could score only 150 runs in 20 overs.

Opener Ahmed Shehzad left the stadium after playing a stunning knock of 89 runs.The batsman tried to chance to run a bye but the keeper did well to hurl the throw at the bowler’s end.

Earlier, World XI managed to find a breakthrough in the sixth over of the game as luck fell short for Fakhar Zaman as he got run out at the non-striker’s end after Darren Sammy got a hand to the ball going dead straight to wicket while he was out of the crease.

Owing to brilliant batting from Fakhar Zaman and Ahmed Shehzad, team Pakistan kicked-off their inning on a high note. Pakistan were 50-up in just six overs courtesy high-risk shots played by Zaman and surprisingly a mature inning from Shehzad.

Shehzad has scored a half-century in the match on a high strike rate. Babar Azam got a second chance as his catch was dropped by Imran Tahir on the bowl of Thesara Perrera.

Former skipper of the national team, Misbah ul Haq and Shahid Afridi, are also present in the ground.

Earlier, World XI won the toss and elected to bowl first against Pakistan in the third T20 being held at Gaddafi Stadium .

 Speaking at the toss, Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed said that fast bowler Hasan Ali will make play the match in place of Sohail Khan. “Hopefully we won’t be repeating the mistakes we made in the last game,” said the skipper.

A young, buoyant Pakistan team takes on the star-studded World XI in the series decider of the Independence Cup as the historic tournament draws to a close.

Today’s finale has all the makings of a memorable clash, as the galaxy of top-notch cricketers from seven different countries and Champions Trophy winners Pakistan lock horns in the race to the glittering trophy.

People from all over the city have reached the stadium.

Hosts Pakistan will be defying a tough challenge from some of the best players from around the world, whereas the World XI will be eager to beat the home side to salvage its pride and clinch the title.

Both the rival captains have expressed their resolve to win the third and last T20 match of the series, which stands locked at 1-1 after Pakistan beat the World XI by 20 runs in the opener, and the tourists avenged the defeat by overcoming the hosts by seven wickets in front of a full house at the Gaddafi Stadium.

“It is a very important match for us and we will be going all out to win the match as the series is leveled at 1-1 and the match has become equally important for the both sides to claim the series title,” said Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmad while talking to APP.

He said the team must show consistency which will only be possible when all the players exhibit their best game.

“I have urged the fellow colleague to give their one hundred per cent and should not repeat the errors which they committed in the second match,” he added.

Sarfraz asked the team members to lift the level of their overall game, especially fielding to save runs and called upon the Pakistan pace battery to bowl with more vigour and accuracy to shatter the confidence of the experienced batting lineup of the opposition.

“Beating the World XI is a tough task, but we are in the right mindset to achieve this objective the way we did in the opening match of the series,” he said.

World XI captain Faf du Plessis said his team will play the final game with the same mindset it adopted during the second match.

“It is not going to be easy at all for us as Pakistan team has the added advantage of home ground and crowd and it also has the ability to fight back due to some good players in the side and we have to overcome all these challenges for a winning way,” he said.