Pakistan look to seal Independence Cup against World XI

Babar Azam and Ahmed Shehzad continued their good work, scoring 43 and 45 respectively.

Pakistan scored 174 runs for the loss of six wickets in twenty overs. An 86 run knock at the top of the order in front of a packed 25,000 Gadaffi Stadium laid the foundation for Pakistan to finish with 197 runs.

With 13 needed in the final over sent down by Rumman Raees, Perera lifted the penultimate ball over long-on for a six that sealed the match.

Amla, the classy right-handed opener, remained unbeaten for a splendid 55-ball 72 laced with five fours and two sixes. With the focus now firmly on the second T20 and the celebratory entrances done with, expect complete focus on the cricket.

World XI were off to flying start in chasing the target of 175 runs, as openers gathered 47 runs for the first-wicket partnership. World XI Captain Faf du Plessis then came in and addressed the threat of a slump, adding 35 runs with fellow South African Amla at the other end.

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 players provided the promised entertainment dose to the crowd at Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore as the country cheered the return of global cricket.


Veteran batsman Shoaib Malik provided with a few fireworks towards the end, he scored 38 runs from 20 balls hitting 4 fours and 2 sixes before getting out.

Malik hit two sixes in the last over before holing out off the last delivery of the innings.

Malik, playing in his 88th T20 worldwide, became Pakistan's highest scorer in the format and surpassed Umar Akmal's total of 1,690 runs before he holed out off the last ball. 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.

Pakistan, however, won the match 33 runs.

Pakistan included pacer Usman Shinwari and spinner Mohammad Nawaz as the duo replacing unfit Hasan Ali and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf.

Now the third and final Twenty20 global between the two sides will be played tomorrow (Friday), which will decide the victor of the series.


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