Pakistan defeated World XI by 33 runs in the Third and final Twenty20 worldwide match to seal the Independence Cup series 2-1 here on Friday. The World XI levelled the series next day with a seven-wicket win on the same ground.
Pakistan won the first match by 20 runs on Tuesday but struggled to contain World XI's strong batting line-up after its frontline fast bowler Hasan Ali was ruled out of Wednesday's game due to back strain.
Malik, playing in his 88th T20 global, became Pakistan's highest scorer in the format and surpassed Umar Akmal's total of 1,690 runs before he holed out off the last ball.
The skippers of either team have expressed their resolve to win the third and last crucial match after home-side beat the host team by 20 runs in the opening match.
"Our law enforcement agencies are best in the world and World XI's successful tour to Pakistan is a proof of that", he said.
Update: Pakistan defeat World XI by 33 runs to clinch the Independence Cup.
Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur is hoping this would pave the way for more cricket to be played in Pakistan.
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Came to chase down the total, World XI never looked in the contention as they lost their batsmen at regular intervals. But from thereon Ahmed Shehzad and Babar Azam steadied the ship as they put a 102 run-stand.
Paul Collingwood says he feels like a "kid at Christmas" to be playing global cricket again and has praised the level of security for the World XI players on their brief trip to Pakistan.
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His and Pakistan's only hundred in a Twenty20 worldwide had come against Bangladesh during the World Twenty20 tournament in 2014.
According to some media reports, the PCB is spending US$2.5-3 million for staging the three-match Independence Cup against World XI.
The series was arranged as part of Pakistan's efforts to bring back worldwide cricket to the country, which has only hosted Zimbabwe for a limited-over series in 2015.