The first match of historic Independence cup between Pakistan and World XI is won by Pakistan by 20 runs. Series is already given international status by the ICC.
The match has seen tight security checks, excited and enthusiastic fans and lots of noise. It was only the second instant when international players come to Pakistan for a series after the attack on Sri Lankan team. Zimbabwe was the other team who come for a short series in 2015.
Pakistan set a target of 198 after the loss of 5 wickets, Babar Azam scores a brilliant 86 from 52 balls. In response, World XI only manage to score 177 and thus losing the match by 20 runs. Babar Azam was man of the match for his 86 runs knock.
Following the match, many cricketers took to Twitter to express their excitement and congratulate Pakistan for winning the first match of the tournament, which marks the return of international cricket to the country.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) 12 September 2017
— Grant Elliott (@grantelliottnz) 12 September 2017
Well done team Pakistan ??, well played @babarazam258 ?, enjoyed the crowd response & atmosphere created by them, cheering for every1 ???
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) 12 September 2017
If things will happen smoothly, Sri Lanka will be scheduled to play one T20I in Lahore, and then WIndies are expected to play a series of three T20I in Pakistan.