Lahore (Staff Report): The third and final match of Independence Cup 2017 between Pakistan and International Cricket Council’s (ICC) World XI will take place at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium today (Friday).

The final match will start at 7:30pm and PTV Sports channel will broadcast it. However, Lahore wears festive look ahead of the match as the administration is decorating the routes with lights and posters carrying pictures of international players.

Both teams are equal with 1-1 points in the three-match series of the international cricket that returned to Pakistan’s grounds around after 8 years.

In the first match of the Independence Cup series on September 12, Pakistan maintained its momentum as it showed in Champions Trophy 2017 by winning the match with a 20-run lead.

But the World XI, comprising players from seven different countries including South Africa, Australia, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, England and New Zealand, taking on Pakistan in second match on September 13 roared back and secured victory by seven wickets.

The international level cricket remained suspended in Pakistan following an attack on Sri Lanka’s cricket team in 2009.

Squad

World XI
David Miller, Morne Morkel, Tim Paine, Thisara Perera, Imran Tahir, Darren Sammy, Hashim Amla, Grant Elliott, Samuel Badree, George Bailey, Tamim Iqbal, Paul Collingwood, Ben Cutting, Faf du Plessis (C).

Pakistan
Sarfraz Ahmed (C), Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Umar Amin, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Fahim Ashraf , Hasan Ali, Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees, Usman Khan, Sohail Khan.