Amla-Perera lead World XI to victory

World XI sealed a 7-wicket win over Pakistan in the second match of a series of three Twenty20 Internationals, a fixture that marked the return of big-time cricket to Pakistan at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Wednesday.

There were two changes to both teams’ lineups, with Pakistan swapping out Faheem Ashraf for Muhammad Nawaz, and Usman Shinwari replacing Hassan Ali.

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The World XI have Samuel Badree and Paul Collingwood coming in for Darren Sammy and Grant Elliott. This was Collingwood’s first international match in six years as he played his last match in the 2011 World Cup against Bangladesh.

Pakistan, went in to bat, put up a strong 174 for 6, with Babar Azam scoring a career-best 45 off 38 balls, before Thisara Perera hit the winning runs for the visiting side.

Pakistan innings was bolstered by two solid partnerships featuring Ahmed Shehzad paired up with Fakhar Zaman and then Babar Azam.

Babar and Shehzad held the innings steady in the middle, racking up 59 runs between the two of them before Shehzad fell for 43.

In reply, World XI reached 40 by the fifth over with Tamim Iqbal smashing two fours and a six in his 23 off 19 balls innings. Shoaib Malik took a brilliant catch to send Tamim back to the pavilion off Sohail Khan’s bowling.

Amla lost Tamim and Tim Paine but carried on in a solid manner to bring the equation down to 103 off the last ten overs.

With six needed off two, Thisara Perera hammered the penultimate ball out of the park to seal the win and keep the series alive.

Watch the thrilling run-chase of World XI in the 2nd T20I here-

Brief scores:

Pakistan 174/6 in 20 overs (Babar Azam 45, Ahmed Shehzad 43; Thisara Perera 2-23)

World XI 175/3 in 19.5 overs (Hashim Amla 72*, Thisara Perera 47*)

Result : World XI won by seven wickets.

– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com.