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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 June 2018

Pakistan beat World XI in decider to secure Independence Cup

Ahmed Shehzad hit 89, and Raees and Hasan star with ball in one-sided win for hosts at Lahore.

Pakistan spinner Imad Wasim, left, celebrates with captain and wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmad, centre, after taking the wicket of World XI batsman George Bailey, right, during the third and final Twenty20 match in Lahore. Aamir Qureshi / AFP
Pakistan spinner Imad Wasim, left, celebrates with captain and wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmad, centre, after taking the wicket of World XI batsman George Bailey, right, during the third and final Twenty20 match in Lahore. Aamir Qureshi / AFP

Pakistan won the deciding third Twenty20 international against a World XI by 33 runs to ensure celebrations in Lahore.

Ahmed Shehzad hit 89 from 55 balls and Rumman Raees and the fit-again Hasan Ali starred with the ball in a one-sided Pakistan win.

The World XI had won by seven wickets with one ball remaining on Wednesday to level the Independence Cup series after losing the opener by 20 runs.

Pakistan were put in to bat and made the most of the opportunity, with a 102-run second-wicket partnership between Shehzad and Babar Azam (48) helping the hosts post a solid 183-4.

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Tamim Iqbal fell after a rapid start to the World XI's reply and two wickets in successive balls in the fifth over had them in trouble, including Hashim Amla run out for a quick 21 after a mix-up with South Africa colleague Faf du Plessis - who went the same way after Shadab Khan's direct hit to leave his side 67-5.

Thisara Perera, the only World XI bowler to take a wicket as Shehzad and Fakhar Zaman were both run out, also belatedly gave them hope with the bat by blasting 32 from 13 balls.

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David Miller also made 32 before becoming Hasan's second victim, leaving Darren Sammy with just the tail for company as the innings subsided to 150-8, Raees giving up just five runs off the last over.

The series marks the return of international cricket to Pakistan, with Sri Lanka then visiting Lahore in late October for the final T20 international of a three-format tour contested mainly in Pakistan's home-from-home in the UAE. The Emirates is also set to host Sri Lanka's first day-night cricket Test against Pakistan.