Independence Cup 2nd T20

Frederick Owens
September 15, 2017

But in Perera and Hashim Amla (72 not out off 55 balls with two sixes and five boundaries) the team had the men to cross the line as the duo added 69 off just 35 balls.

Thisara Perera came out of nowhere to take the World XI to a thrilling win in the 2nd Twenty20 against Pakistan in the Independence Cup at Lahore last evening.

Pakistan, which was restricted to 174-6, looked on top in the 14th over when it dismissed captain Faf du Plessis for 106-3.

World XI: Tim Paine (wk), Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Grant Elliott, David Miller, George Bailey, Paul Collingwood, Ben Cutting, Tamim Iqbal, Darren Sammy, Thisara Perera, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel, Samuel Badree.

Left-hander Perera went on a rampage as the visitors needed 33 off the last two overs, smashing two sixes off the 19th over bowled by Sohail Khan before sealing the match in the last over. Both played 88 matches. Their impressive batting in the death overs not put tremendous pressure on Pakistani bowlers but also amused the spectators to greater extent.

It proved to be crucial over as it brought World XI back to the game and caused jitters in the Pakistan camp. He found good support from Shoaib Malik lower down.

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"I have urged my fellow colleagues to give their 100 per cent and [they] should not repeat the errors they committed in the second match", he added.

"Beating the World XI is a tough task, but we are in the right mindset to achieve this objective the way we did in the opening match of the series", he said.

Ahmed Shezad, who was sweating in the first match scoring 39 runs, was looking better and fit in the today's match as he scored 34-ball 43 hitting five fours and one six.

Shoaib Malik became the all-time highest run scorer for Pakistan in T20Is through the course of his innings.

The Twenty20 matches series has been accorded global status by the worldwide Cricket Council (ICC).

The first two T20Is between World XI side and Pakistan will be played on September 12 and 13, and the final game will be played on September 15 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

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