Pakistan, World XI team look for final flourish in 3rd T20I

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16 September, 2017

Pakistan took on the ICC World XI in the second of three T20I's at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore on Wednesday.

Pakistan openers Fakhar Zaman and Ahmed Shehzad provided good start to the team as gathered 41 runs for the first-wicket partnership in 4.4 overs in the very next delivery, Samuel Badree took the wicket of Fakhar Zaman, who couldn't impress the spectators with his bat in the first T20 worldwide against the World XI.

Perera took the finishing duties on himself, hitting two sixes in the 19th over bowled by Sohail Khan, and had luck on his side, being dropped at the long-of boundary.

Azam added 122 for the second wicket with Ahmed Shehzad (39) as Pakistan built on the loss of opener Fakhar Zaman for eight. But the arrival of Perera, who starred in the second match two days ago, began to attack Pakistan bowlers.

The World XI opened their chase strongly, with a 47-run opening partnership between Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal and Amla. "The score was good and we were in a good situation in the beginning, but then we gave away many runs".

Thisara Perera usually does not have a good time against Pakistan.

Shehzad, who looked somewhat tentative in the first match, played a better knock in this game, which was the right-hander's 50th T20 worldwide. 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.

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Pakistan won the first match by 20 runs on Tuesday but struggled to contain World XI's strong batting line-up after its frontline fast bowler Hasan Ali was ruled out of Wednesday's game due to back strain. Imad Wasim was another batsman who contributed significant 15 runs as the Pakistani batsmen failed to hit huge shots and big total.

In the end, the momentum lost during his stay could have proven to be costly for the World XI if not for Perera's late assault.

Both the teams made two changes to their playing XI.

Samuel Badree, despite conceding 3 boundaries off his first over, ended with figures of 2 for 31.

The veteran batsman smashed three huge sixes in his 23-ball knock of 39 before being dismissed in the final delivery of the innings.

With the victory World XI leveled the three-match series at 1-1.


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