Independence Cup 2nd T20

Former Pakistan skipper Misbah Ul Haq and Shahid Afridi made their presence felt on the ground
Former Pakistan skipper Misbah Ul Haq and Shahid Afridi made their presence felt on the ground

16 September, 2017

Pakistan will be led by their ICC Champions Trophy-winning captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

With the victory World XI leveled the three-match series at 1-1.

Dashing left-hander Fakhar Zaman once again got fair reward for attacking intent as he put the World XI new ball bowlers to the sword.

While Pakistan have Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik and Hasan Ali who can bat and bowl to perfection, World XI's Hashim Amla can score runs easily. Pakistan were determined to clinch the series while the World XI were looking to live up to their billing by putting in a winning performance to keep the series alive.

The World XI opened their chase strongly, with a 47-run opening partnership between Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal and Amla.

Hashim Amla was tiring after his marathon knock but Perera turned the match on its head with a ferocious, unbeaten 47 off just 19 deliveries which included just one dot-ball. Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine too played like an ODI instead of T20I as he struggled against spinners Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan. The World XI won the second match of the three-game T20 series titled Independence Cup, defeating the hosts by seven wickets.

Imran Tahir on the other hand is arguably the most lethal bowler in World XI's arsenal.

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But Broad did hold on to a chance at mid-on off the bowling of Toby Roland-Jones to send West Indies into lunch on 153 for six. That left England with a meagre target of 107 and they finished on 107/1 off 28 overs as they took a three-match series 2-1.

It was left to Ahmed Shehzad and Babar Azam to fix the innings, like they did with their 122-run stand on Tuesday.

Perera took the finishing duties on himself, hitting two sixes in the 19th over bowled by Sohail Khan, and had luck on his side, being dropped at the long-of boundary.

Thisara Perera usually does not have a good time against Pakistan.

Badree was one of two changes made by World XI along with England's Paul Collingwood - playing his first global since retiring in 2011.

Malik, playing in his 88th T20 worldwide, 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.

But Perera took charge in the last five overs as he cut loose against Pakistan seamers Shoaib Malik and Rumman Raees.

BOWLING: Imad Wasim 4-0-27-1; Sohail Khan 4-0-44-1 (1w); Usman Khan Shinwari 1-0-10-0; Rumman Raees Khan 3.5-0-36-0 (1w); Mohammad Nawaz 3-0-25-1; Shadab Khan 4-0-32-0.

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