Report, 2nd T20I: Hashim Amla smashed a half century and Thisara Perera provided an excellent finish with a 19-ball 47 as World XI defeated Pakistan by seven wickets in the second Twenty20 worldwide on Wednesday. Soon after playing the final match, the World XI team will leave for Dubai in the wee hours of Saturday.
However, luck did not elude Perera in the second T20I. 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.
The nation marked the return of global cricket back to home with Pakistan comfortably defeating the all stars team in the first T20.
Left-hander Fakhar Zaman (21) hit Australian seamer Ben Cutting for three boundaries in the second over of the innings but was trapped leg before wicket by West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree (2-31). Sammy did cause slight jitters with his six-hitting skills but they did not turn out to be enough to beat Pakistan. In the first match of Independence Cup, he leaked as many as 51 runs and then scored a mere 17 in a pursuit of colossal total. The worldwide World XI will be led by South African captain Faf du Plessis.
Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has said his team would have to be more disciplined to seize the historic Twenty20 global series against the World XI. He was ably assisted by hero of the first match Babar Azam, who once again played a sensible innings, and collected 45 runs off 38 balls with the help of five fours. Imad Wasim was another batsman who contributed significant 15 runs as the Pakistani batsmen failed to hit huge shots and big total.
Both the teams made two changes to their playing XI.
But Perera took charge in the last five overs as he cut loose against Pakistan seamers Shoaib Malik and Rumman Raees. He played 23 balls to score impressive 39 runs laced with one four and three cracking sixes. Left-arm tweaker Mohammad Nawaz, and promising young pacer Usman Shinwari, came into the side for Faheem Ashraf and Hasan Ali, respectively.
The chase was getting tough for World XI, who needed 33 off the last 12 balls.
RESULT: World XI won by seven wickets to level three-match at 1-1.