Pakistan, World XI team look for final flourish in 3rd T20I

Pakistan, World XI team look for final flourish in 3rd T20I

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 worldwide be the series decider.

The three-match series after this game is now tied 1-1 with the final T20 scheduled for Friday.

And then needing 13 runs in the final over, the burly-built Perera gave little trouble to his senior partner Amla, as the former completed the job in style. A similar number of fans are expected to turn out at the stadium for the second T20, especially after their side's commanding performance where the seldom put a foot wrong.

Babar Azam starred in the first T20 for the hosts.

Earlier on Wednesday, valuable contributions from Babar Azam, Ahmed Shehzad and veteran Shoaib steered Pakistan to a healthy-looking 174-6.

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.

It was left to Ahmed Shehzad and Babar Azam to fix the innings, like they did with their 122-run stand on Tuesday.

The likes of Darren Sammy were paid up to $50,000 for the PSL final
The likes of Darren Sammy were paid up to $50,000 for the PSL final

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. Imad Wasim was another batsman who contributed significant 15 runs as the Pakistani batsmen failed to hit huge shots and big total.

Badree was one of two changes made by World XI along with England's Paul Collingwood - playing his first global since retiring in 2011.

Samuel Badree, despite conceding 3 boundaries off his first over, ended with figures of 2 for 31.

Malik hit two sixes in the last over before holing out off the last delivery of the innings. Left-arm tweaker Mohammad Nawaz, and promising young pacer Usman Shinwari, came into the side for Faheem Ashraf and Hasan Ali, respectively.

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.

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

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