Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Independence Cup 2nd T20

Independence Cup 2nd T20

Pakistan on Tuesday took a giant step towards reviving worldwide cricket at home with a 20-run victory over the World XI in a match before excited crowds amid tight security.The Twenty20 match, accorded global status by the global Cricket Council, is the first game of only the second series Pakistan has hosted since militants attacked the bus of the visiting Sri Lankan team in March 2009, killing eight people and injuring seven players and staff.The Pakistan team will lock horns with the Faf du Plessis led ICC World XI in the second match of the series on Wednesday. Both Ahmed Shehzad and Babar Azam struggled to get the boundary shots as the World XI bowling attack made brisk scoring hard. Their impressive batting in the death overs not put tremendous pressure on Pakistani bowlers but also amused the spectators to greater extent. He made classy 86 in the game which Sarfarz XI won by 20 runs. But in the second match, he, to some extent, remained successful in amusing the spectators with his classic shots as he played 13 balls to score 23 runs with the help of four fours.

The match will begin at 7:00PM PST. Pakistan dominated the World XI side beating them by a big margin of 20 runs according to T20 format standards. He found good support from Shoaib Malik lower down.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has said his team would have to be more disciplined to seize the historic Twenty20 global series against the World XI.

Babar Azam was once again sublime, hitting five sweetly timed boundaries in his 38-ball 45.

Malik, playing in his 88th T20 global, became Pakistan's highest scorer in the format and surpassed Umar Akmal's total of 1,690 runs before he holed out off the last ball.

Malik hit two sixes in the last over before holing out off the last delivery of the innings.

Both the teams made two changing each in their teams as Pakistan has included M Nawaz and Usman Shinwari in place of Hassan Ali and Fahim Ashraf while the World XI as they brought in Samuel Badree and Paul Collingwood who replaced Darren Sammy and Grant Elliot.

Pakistan will be looking for a disciplined performance in the final match of the three-match T20 Independence Cup to be played here at the Gaddafi Stadium on Friday.

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