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It was a great spectacle watching the World XI side being welcomed in a grand fashion in Pakistan at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. More than winning or losing, it was about rejuvenating the game of cricket in the country. But for the thousands of fans gathered in the stands, a victory was all that mattered and that’s what they were presented by their favorite players whom they waited for a number of years to see them in action.

All the hype around the Independence Cup settled quickly and Pakistan meant business from the outset. Put into bat after losing the toss, even though they lost Fakhar Zaman early, Babar Azam kept them in the driver’s seat with a blistering knock. The No.3 batsman scored 86 runs off just 52 balls with 10 fours and 2 sixes to provide impetus to the innings.

At one stage, when Azam departed, the hosts seemed like falling short of the desired target but Shoaib Malik and Imad Wasim played quickfire cameos to power the side to a massive 197/7 at the end of 20 overs. All the World XI bowlers traveled the distance and with Morne Morkel going at 8 an over, being the most economical.

The visitors began the chase with a steady opening partnership. But Rumman Raees removed both the openers Tamim Iqbal and Hashim Amla in the 6th over to halt the progress. The skipper Faf du Plessis and Tim Paine stayed there for a while but the required run rate kept creeping up.

Thisara Perera and Darren Sammy tried hard at the end with a few lusty blows out of the park but it turned out to be too little too late as the World XI side fell short by 20 runs. Pakistan won the match quite comprehensively at the end and took a 1-0 lead with 2 matches yet to be played in the series.

Here are the best tweets that celebrated the return of the game in Pakistan

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