Pakistan look to seal Independence Cup against World XI

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An impressive half-century from Hashim Amla and a rapid cameo by Thisara Perera guided the ICC World XI to an exciting seven-wicket victory over Pakistan in the second Twenty20 global of the Independence Cup here at the Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday. Rumman Raees stepped up to bowl the final over with 13 runs standing between the World XI and victory, which Perera duly sealed with a straight six off the second last ball of the game. He hit Sohail Khan for two sixes and was dropped at long-off by Shoaib Malik.

It was left to Ahmed Shehzad and Babar Azam to fix the innings, like they did with their 122-run stand on Tuesday. The difference between the two sides at the end was 20 runs and the tables could very well turn for the second T20I in the three match series, also to be played 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.

Perera then accounted for the wickets of Imad Wasim (15) and dismissed captain Sarfraz Ahmed without scoring in the 19th over as Pakistan slipped to 157-5. "The score was good enough, but if the execution was better in defending, we would have pulled it off". It was a collective effort from the Pakistan batting line up which kept the scoreboard ticking but they were not allowed to run away with it in the death overs. Both played 88 matches. 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.

BOWLING: Morkel 4-0-20-0 (3w); Cutting 4-0-52-1 (2w); Badree 4-0-31-2 (1w); Collingwood 2-0-18-0 (1w); Perera 3-0-23-1 (1nb); Imran Tahir 3-0-29-1 (1w).

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Hasan Ali and Faheem Ashraf are expected to regain their places in the playing XI for Pakistan.

The World XI included Paul Collingwood of England who featured in his first T20 worldwide since his retirement from T20 Internationals in 2011 and Badree of the West Indies in place of Darren Sammy and New Zealand's Grant Elliott.

RESULT: World XI won by seven wickets to level three-match at 1-1.

Pakistan's experienced batsman Malik (39) lifted the total when he hit Cutting for two sixes in his 23-ball knock.

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