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Amla, Perera take World XI home against Pakistan

Amla, Perera take World XI home against Pakistan”

Thisara Perera smashed the winning six for a resurgent World XI side as they conquered the 175-run target with seven wickets to spare in the nail-biting second match of the Twenty20 worldwide (T20I) Independence Cup series at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday.

The Independence Cup will consist of three Twenty20s and will see Pakistan take on a World XI squad that will be captained by South Africa's Faf du Plessis.

With the visitors needing six runs off the last two balls, Raees seemed to have buckled under the pressure as he produced a juicy full toss which Perera promptly smashed into the night sky.

Babar Azam was again the top-scorer for Pakistan, but ultimately it wasn't enough against the World XI at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

The deciding match takes place on Friday. "Hash (Amla) told me to stay till the last moment because we can catch up".

And in the context of why this series is being played, perhaps it is best for everyone that the World XI are not only in Lahore to pick up their reported $100 000-per-man cheques.

"World XI deserves the credit", said Ahmed. Our bowlers are young and this is an occasion for them to learn how to bowl in such situations.

Pakistan had scored 174-6 in their 20 overs.

Perera plundered 47 runs off a mere 19 balls with five huge sixes studding his power packed innings.

Pakistan shared the runs among the top order with the hero from the first match, Babar Azam, top-scoring with 45 runs from 38 balls while Ahmed Shehzad hit 43 and Shoaib Malik had an entertaining knock of 39 from 23 deliveries. Unlike the first match, this time the hosts got off to a good start, courtesy of Fakhar Zaman and Ahmed Shehzad. Both played 88 matches.

The World XI is something of a misnomer because only seven of the players are current internationals for their country: the five South Africans, Tamim Iqbal of Bangladesh and Thisara Perera of Sri Lanka.



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