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Hashim Amla, Thisara Perera help WXI seal thriller, level series

Hashim Amla, Thisara Perera help WXI seal thriller, level series”

Former West Indies T20 captain Darren Sammy smashed an unbeaten 16-ball 29 but the World XI side went down by 20 runs in the first match of their three-match series in Lahore on Tuesday.

World XI beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the second Twenty20 worldwide to level the three-match series at 1-1 at Lahore's Gaddafi stadium on Wednesday.

Pakistan, sent into bat by the World XI, hit 197-5 in the first Twenty20 as the nation celebrated the return of worldwide cricket under massive security in Lahore.

Needing better than 9.85 runs an over Hashim Amla and Tamim Iqbal got off to good starts then both fell in the fifth over.

Newly elected PCB Chairman Najam Sethi has now announced that the board aims to hold Pakistan-World XI T20 series in next two years - 2018 and 2019 - as well. At 23, Tamim fall to Sohail Khan, but Hashim kept punishing Pakistan bowlers.

In a devastating spell, which saw him smash five maximums, he hit a match-winning six off Rumman Raees.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bat first. Their big hitting was not only enjoyed by the fans alike but it also provided solid start to Pakistan.

Shoaib Malik once again tried to lift the innings through his 23-ball 39 that was spiced with three sixes, but a disciplined bowling effort from World XI meant the brakes were applied on Pakistan's innings at crucial junctures.

Spectators remained on the edge of their seats till the last ball, with Thisara Perera's blazing hit finally grabbing victory from Pakistan.

The country has hosted only one foreign team since militants attacked a bus transporting the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in 2009, wounding six players and killing two civilians and six security officials.

The result also means the series is now levelled at 1-1 with the final game scheduled to be played on Friday at the same venue. 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.



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