Amla, Perera lead World XI to T20 win

Aaron Brown
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 worldwide cricket match between the World XI and Pakistan at The Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on September 13, 2017.

The series is locked at 1-1 with Pakistan winning the first match by 20 runs while World XI won the second game by 7 wickets. His career best Twenty20 score had ten boundaries and two sixes.

Openers Ahmed Shehzad and Fakhar Zaman provided the hosts with a brisk 41-run start in 4.5 overs before the latter was adjudged LBW off leg-spinner Samuel Badree as the ball struck on the left-hander's back leg.

Hashim Amla was tiring after his marathon knock but Perera turned the match on its head with a ferocious, unbeaten 47 off just 19 deliveries which included just one dot-ball. Opener Hashim Amla remained cool-minded throughout the innings and scored 72 runs after playing 55 balls and hitting 5 fours and 2 sixes.

World XI skipper Faf du Plessis survived a close run-out chance when his counterpart Sarfraz uprooted the stumps in a flash. "The score was good enough, but if the execution was better in defending, we would have pulled it off". This time they added 59 to steer Pakistan to 100.

Then came the first encounter's man of the match, Babar Azam.

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Imran Tahir on the other hand is arguably the most lethal bowler in World XI's arsenal.

Both the teams made two changes to their playing XI. 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.

Malik in particular was in stupendous form, smacking three sixes in a quickfire innings of 39 runs off just 23 deliveries.

Perera ensured World XI takes the series to the decisive game Friday when he reached victory in style by hoisting left-armer Raees over the long-on boundary.

The World XI included Paul Collingwood of England who featured in his first T20 global 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.

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