Perera helps World XI level series 1-1

A brilliant unbeaten half-century by South Africa's Hashim Amla helped the World XI win the thriller that was the second T20 by seven wickets and level the series at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Wednesday and let the last T20 global be the series decider.

Pakistan vs World XI, Live Cricket Score, Pak vs WXI, 2nd T20: Babar Azam shone for Pakistan in the first T20I of the Independence Cup upon the arrival of worldwide cricket back in the cricket insane country. He hit Sohail Khan for two sixes and was dropped at long-off by Shoaib Malik.

Azam added 122 for the second wicket with Ahmed Shehzad (39) as Pakistan built on the loss of opener Fakhar Zaman for eight. But in Perera and Hashim Amla (72 not out off 55 balls with two sixes and five boundaries) the team had the men to cross the line as the duo added 69 off just 35 balls.

World XI captain Faf du Plessis and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

For Pakistan, paceman Sohail Khan and leg-spinner Shadab Khan finished with two wickets apiece. "The score was good and we were in a good situation in the beginning, but then we gave away many runs". Sammy did cause slight jitters with his six-hitting skills but they did not turn out to be enough to beat Pakistan.

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.

Earlier in the match, Shehzad became the first Pakistan player to hit three successive sixes.

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

Pakistan won the first match by 20 runs on Tuesday but struggled to contain World XI's strong batting line-up after its frontline fast bowler Hasan Ali was ruled out of Wednesday's game due to back strain.

Both the teams made two changes to their playing XI.

Badree took 2 for 31, while Perera had 2 for 23 to restrict Pakistan to 174 in 20 overs.

The chase was getting tough for World XI, who needed 33 off the last 12 balls.

With the victory World XI leveled the three-match series at 1-1.

The veteran batsman smashed three huge sixes in his 23-ball knock of 39 before being dismissed in the final delivery of the innings.

  • Jon Douglas