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World XI make it 1-1

World XI make it 1-1”

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. More intriguingly, Darren Sammy, the ideal hitting option keeping in mind the Gaddafi Stadium contours, was sent after Perera and Elliott, not to mention David Miller's relegation to number five.

Pakistan's historic Twenty20 series with a World XI will go to a decider after Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera's supreme 19-ball knock tied the series at 1-1. Speaking at after the toss, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed said that fast bowler Hasan Ali will not be playing the game today due to a back injury. Faheem Ashraf has been given rest.

The star-studded worldwide side fought tooth-and-nail to keep the series alive following their defeat to the green shirts last night.

Badree and Perera shared two wickets each and Tahir and Cutting had one apiece. The Pakistani batsman scored 21 runs.

The Pakistan batsmen however, could build on their starts as the hosts lost wickets at regular intervals.

Earlier, Babar Azam top-scored with 86 off 52 balls to help Pakistan up to 197 for five.

Pakistan's innings centered around another partnership between Babar Azam and Ahmed Shahzad, not quite the leviathan of Tuesday, but with 59 runs off 45 balls, a useful contribution that ensured the innings didn't stutter through the middle overs. He also wishes Shoaib Malik on his new record.

The partisan crowd was left awestruck by this demolition job by the World XI, and by the end was enthusiastic in their support for both teams.

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal and Amla had given the visitors a rollicking start before Tamim fell to a sharp catch by Shoaib Malik off the bowling of Sohail Khan. Thisara bagged 2 for 23 in 3 overs for the World XI.

Paine walked on to the pitch to replace Tamim but he could not stay for long.

In response, Hashim Amla's resurgence gave the World XI a solid platform to unleash towards the end of the chase. Amla completed his half century on 37 balls.

"First of all it's a real honor to be selected to the World Xi".

Heading into the last over of the match, the World XI needed 13 runs to win. With just 6 required from 2 balls, the match was proving to be a real cliff-hanger.



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