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Pakistan top World XI in historic game

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Edmund Wade | 16 September, 2017, 00:50

Ahmed Shehzad scored a blistering 89 run knock as Pakistan completed 33 run victory in the third Twenty20 global against World XI in Lahore to wrap up the series 2-1.

After the Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan won the first Twenty20 global (T20I) match by 20 runs on Tuesday, the World XI came back strong to comfortably grab the second game by seven wickets on Wednesday.

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

A few days after International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman Shashank Manohar welcomed the return of international cricket to Pakistan, the apex governing body of cricket has agreed to provide financial assistance to the country in order to resume international match-series on their soil. More than the series triumph, they would be delighted to host global games after the infamous terror attacks of 2009.

Pakistan cricket Board arranged separate rides for the two star players in "rikshaws" as soon as the Pakistan innings was completed during the match.

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

"The way Pakistan team played against top players of the world was tremendous", he said.

It's worth noting that, early this year, when there was a suggestion from some quarters that Afridi be given a farewell match to end his worldwide career, the PCB officials, including current chairman Najam Sethi, opposed and ridiculed the idea. He said that all the money that would have been earned through India-Pakistan matches is now going to the ICC and if cricket resumes between the countries, the cricket boards would be the biggest gainers. Once the team entered the stadium, people gave them a standing ovation.

"On a more personal note, I have a strong bond with Pakistan, having toured here with the Zimbabwe cricket team in 1993, 1996 and 1998, " Flower said.

Former Australia captain George Bailey is also in line to play his first game in the series and will most probably replace David Miller.

Meanwhile, World XI, are likely to bring back Darren Sammy, who was dropped for the second game.

He informed that Sri Lanka has also confirmed to play a lone T20 global on October 29 in Lahore.

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