Independence Cup 2nd T20

Posted September 16, 2017

Hashim Amla (72*) and Thisara Perera (47*) steered World XI to 7-wicket victory over Pakistan in the second match of the Independence Cup here at the jam-packed Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday.

Pakistan openers Fakhar Zaman and Ahmed Shehzad provided good start to the team as gathered 41 runs for the first-wicket partnership in 4.4 overs in the very next delivery, Samuel Badree took the wicket of Fakhar Zaman, who couldn't impress the spectators with his bat in the first T20 global against the World XI. He hit Sohail Khan for two sixes and was dropped at long-off by Shoaib Malik.

Babar Azam and Ahmed Shehzad had combined to put on a 59-run stand for the second-wicket but had failed to really get the acceleration that was desired on the pitch.

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. Tim Paine and Faf du Plessis offered brief support but with 69 needed off the last 6 overs, it would need something special for the World XI to triumph.

And then needing 13 runs in the final over, the burly-built Perera gave little trouble to his senior partner Amla, as the former completed the job in style.

Thisara Perera usually does not have a good time against Pakistan. Both played 88 matches.

At 135, Babar was sent back by Badree, who had the batsman - looking to smash the bowler over long-on - caught by Miller at deep mid-on for a 38-ball 45 studded with five fours.

Pakistan, however, won the match 33 runs.

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

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

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

The World XI included Paul Collingwood of England who featured in his first T20 worldwide since his retirement from T20 Internationals in 2011 and Badree of the West Indies in place of Darren Sammy and New Zealand's Grant Elliott. The partnership broke when Iqbal hit a Sohail Khan delivery towards Shoaib Malik and was caught out for 23.