Amla, Thisara star in World XI's last-over win

Peter Castro
September 16, 2017

Pakistan beat the touring World XI on Friday by 33 runs in the final Twenty20 fixture in Lahore to win the three match series 2-1 and thrill home fans excited by the return of global cricket.

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.

World XI: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, George Bailey, Paul Collingwood, Ben Cutting, Grant Elliott, Tamim Iqbal, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Tim Paine, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Imran Tahir. But this is sure that the most loved game by the Pakistani people will come back to their country.

The Pakistan Cricket Board had organized the series in collaboration with the ICC in a bid to revive worldwide cricket at home after eight years. "It seems like they were missing global cricket", he said.

The former Kiwi all-rounder expected more worldwide teams to travel to Pakistan if proper security arrangements are kept in place. "This series has reduced the suffocation as nearly every Pakistani enjoyed watching the cricket", said Mudassir Hussain, a 22-year old cricket lover.

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Giles Clarke domes the ICC's special task force on Pakistan cricket and has been given a royal treatment while visiting Lahore with the World XI team.

It is safe to say that India are now one of the busiest cricket teams as they are set to feature in a packed home season that will see Kohli's men take on Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka over a record 23 matches in the next two months.

Sri Lankan seamer Perera was the pick of World XI's bowlers with 2-37 in his four overs.

Zimbabwe had toured Pakistan amid heavy security back in 2015, and Lahore has been converted into a fortress for the ongoing Independence Cup which is now levelled at 1-1 with one more game left. Cameron appreciated PCB's efforts in reviving cricket in Pakistan. "It will be good for the children to see their heroes play", he hoped.

In the third ODI, Hasan Ali who sat back on the bench due to back pain the second T20 game is expected to return, while the World XI will not be looking forward to shuffling the winning combination which played the previous game.

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