Pakistan hosted Independence Cup 2017, 3 T20s in a row against the World XI
Good News! For all Pakistanis and cricket lovers as Cricket won its battle against the terrorism in Pakistan. Pakistan won the 3-match T20 series against the best World XI.
We all are aware of the TV ad series that went viral during World Cup 2015, It was Mauka Mauka campaign by Star India. So, Finally, Pakistan got a ‘mauka’ (an opportunity) to impress the world by hosting a series of 3 T20s International against a team full of star players World XI.
Why Pakistan hosted a series against World XI?
Since 2009 attack on Sri Lankan cricket team, only Zimbabwe toured Pakistan for a small series of 2 T20I matches and 3 ODIs, but that didn’t make much buzz across the cricketing fraternity, all efforts in vain.
Even Pakistan playing all of their home games and PSL games in UAE except the final of PSL which was played in Lahore, but because it was played in Pakistan, many players didn’t participate in that particular game due to security reasons.
Before the start of this much awaited T20 series, ICC told the players not to worry about security reasons.
All were excited… Even I was excited.
World XI won the toss and decided to bowl first. Babar Azam of Pakistan played a handy knock to register the first win of the series. Pakistan won the game by 20 runs. Some positivity in the Green air!!!
Pakistan won the toss, batted first and score 175 in their quota of 20 overs. World XI was struggling throughout the game, it was Thisara Perera who did the wonders for his team. World XI won by 7 wickets and leveled the series 1-1.
It was the grand finale of this highly rated series, World XI won the toss this time and they opted to bowl first.
Pakistan got a flying start with Ahmed Shehzad scoring his half-century and the power show by Babar Azam took Pak to 184/4 in 20 overs. It was a tough target as the pitch was slowing down, initial Breakthroughs helped Pak to win the final by 30 runs and they sealed the series.
This made everyone happy as we all wanted Pakistan to win the series and to restart the cricket show there in Pakistan. And it happened!!! WOW
Cricket won the battle, it wasn’t easy to win against a group of gunmen aiming to destroy the lives of innocent ones, the good part is… We united to make sure that only cricket wins.
Cricket won. We won. Nation won.