Confident Pakistan aim to wrap up Independence Cup today

Marsha Scott
September 16, 2017

World XI batsmen Hashim Amla (2R) and Thisara Perera (C) shake hand with Pakistani cricketers at the end of the second Twenty20 global cricket match between the World XI and Pakistan at The Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on September 13, 2017. Ahmed Shehzad struggled to score boundaries whereas Babar Azam made the most of the opportunity and scored 86 runs from 52 deliveries hitting 10 fours and 2 sixes. 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.

World XI: Tim Paine (wk), Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Grant Elliott, David Miller, George Bailey, Paul Collingwood, Ben Cutting, Tamim Iqbal, Darren Sammy, Thisara Perera, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel, Samuel Badree.

World XI skipper Faf du Plessis survived a close run-out chance when his counterpart Sarfraz uprooted the stumps in a flash.

For Pakistan, paceman Sohail Khan and leg-spinner Shadab Khan finished with two wickets apiece. 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.

Their hearts would ultimately be broken when Perera hit Rumman Raees straight down the middle for a maximum to hand the World XI an unlikely victory.

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Babar Azam was once again sublime, hitting five sweetly timed boundaries in his 38-ball 45.

Pakistan reached the 50-run mark in 7.2 overs and crossed the 100 mark in 12.2 overs.

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.

Badree was one of two changes made by World XI along with England's Paul Collingwood - playing his first worldwide since retiring in 2011. Left-arm tweaker Mohammad Nawaz, and promising young pacer Usman Shinwari, came into the side for Faheem Ashraf and Hasan Ali, respectively. The partnership broke when Iqbal hit a Sohail Khan delivery towards Shoaib Malik and was caught out for 23.

After he ended with figures of 2 for 23, he used the long handle to devastating effect and walloped 47 off a mere 19 balls to help World XI keep the series alive.

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