Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Perera helps World XI level series 1-1

Perera helps World XI level series 1-1

Confident Pakistan are all set to face World XI in the second Twenty20 of the three-match Independence Cup being played at Gaddafi Stadium today (Wednesday).

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Azam added 122 for the second wicket with Ahmed Shehzad (39) as Pakistan built on the loss of opener Fakhar Zaman for eight.

World XI got off to a slow start and the required run rate started going up which led to openers Tamim Iqbal and Hashim Amla getting out before making a mark.

Skipper Faf du Plessis hit four boundaries and a six while Darren Sammy smashed three sixes - both scoring 29 - but were unable to see their team through.

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Left-handed Tamim, who mauled spinner Imad Wasim for 16 runs in the third over of the innings, with one six and two fours, was finally dismissed when Shoaib Malik held a fine catch at square leg off Sohail.

At 135, Babar was sent back by Badree, who had the batsman - looking to smash the bowler over long-on - caught by Miller at deep mid-on for a 38-ball 45 studded with five fours. England's 2010 WT20-winning captain Paul Collingwood also took the place of Grant Elliott, adding valuable experience to the team, having already toured Pakistan back in 2006. "We were doing well in the first two power plays, but then in the third, we gave up a lot of space to the batsmen and they scored".

Pakistan, however, won the match 33 runs.

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. Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), Shoaib Malik, Usman Khan, Fahim Ashraf, Umar Amin, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Aamer Yamin, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees, Sohail Khan. He played 23 balls to score impressive 39 runs laced with one four and three cracking sixes.

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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