A Good Step for the Pakistan Cricket

PCB Chairman Najam Sethi | AP

Hashim Amla, who slammed three handsome boundaries, was run out after a bad mix-up and at the 10-over mark, ICC World XI were struggling at 68 for the loss of 5 wickets.

For the World XI, Sri Lankan medium-fast bowler Thisara Perera was the only bowler among the wickets.

Now, more than three decades after those rebel tours started, some of South African's finest cricketers have been playing a leading role, this week, to break the barriers which have seen Pakistan unable to host worldwide cricket in its backyard since militants attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in 2009.

World XI won the toss and chose to field first. Pakistan scored 174 runs in the first innings with the help of Ahmed Shehzad (43 runs) and Babar Azam (45 runs).

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.

Gracious in defeat, Du Plessis praised the Pakistan team and said he would welcome more opportunities to tour the country.

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Du Plessis was the next batsman to head back after the newly-appointed South African captain had scored just 5 runs.

Bailey then fell to an Imad Wasim ball in the 8 over.

World XI were at 137 runs before the fall of their seventh wicket. The batman had managed 32 runs on 29 balls.

World XI wins the toss and they will field first. It was a successfully organised series with former Pakistani skippers, Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi, given grand farewell by PCB.

Irfan was initially suspended for a year by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) following the investigations into the spot-fixing allegations in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The third and final T20 will be played on Friday and the home fans will be hoping for a positive result.

A month later they are also likely to host the West Indies for three Twenty20 matches. Due to the aggressive bating of Ahmed Shehzad, Pakistan has made the winning score. However, Lahore looks highly festive ahead of the match as the administration is decorating the routes with lights and posters carrying pictures of worldwide players.

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