Pakistan vs World XI, 3rd T20I, Lahore


Men in Green is expecting the same win as they had in the opening match of this series.

If both the tours materialise, it would be the first time since the militants attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March, 2009 that Pakistan would witness a proper global season at home, starting with the ongoing tour by the World XI.

Ahmed Shehzad's 89 propelled Pakistan to a contestable total. 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.

The third and final match of the Independence Cup saw Pakistan batting first against World XI.

"This has been a huge success", said du Plessis.

He said: "Pakistan is an unavoidable part of the global cricket community and the Pakistani people are very passionate about the game".

World XI: Tamim Iqbal, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (c), David Miller, Darren Sammy, Thisara Perera, George Bailey (wk), Ben Cutting, Samuel Badree, Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir. Nonetheless, the base was not set up and they lost wickets at regular intervals.

Storm Aileen: 75mph winds and heavy rain on the way
Very strong winds with speeds of 55-65mph look increasingly likely with wind speeds potentially reaching 75mph in exposed areas. Nicola Maxey, spokesperson for the Met Office, said the cool weather will bring the risk of hail and thunder by tomorrow.

World XI captain Faf du Plessis and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed. He cracked eight boundaries and three sixes.

Amla hit five fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 72 off 55 balls, but it was Perera's explosive knock which included four sixes that got World XI to the target of 175-3 in 19.5 overs.

For the World XI, Sri Lankan medium-fast bowler Thisara Perera was the only bowler among the wickets. It was a successfully organised series with former Pakistani skippers, Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi, given grand farewell by PCB.

"We owe all players of the visiting team for helping Pakistan restore worldwide cricket in the country", Lahore resident Uzma Hussain told Reuters.

"On a more personal note, I have a strong bond with Pakistan, having toured here with the Zimbabwe cricket team in 1993, 1996 and 1998, " Flower said.

Sethi said the tour by the West Indies is an important milestone as it would be a proper bilateral series in Pakistan and it would open the windows for the PCB to negotiate with other cricket playing nations.