Amla, Perera help World XI bounce back to level series
World XI 175-3 (Amla 72no) beat
Pakistan 174-6 (Azam 45) by seven wickets
Second Twenty20 International in Lahore
Hashim Amla scored an unbeaten 72 while Thisara Perera played a blinder of a knock as World XI scored 33 runs off the final 11 deliveries to complete a chase of 175 runs against Pakistan off the penultimate delivery with seven wickets in hand in the second Twenty20 International in Lahore.
The result also means the series is currently levelled at 1-1 with the final game scheduled to be played on Friday at the same venue.
Chasing a massive total, the visitors had a sedate start to their innings, but Tamim Iqbal (23) slammed a six and a couple of boundaries in the third over to inject some momentum.
With Amla (72 not out) too joining the onslaught, World XI reached 44 runs off the first five overs before Sohail Khan (1-44) provided the initial breakthrough with the wicket of Tamim.
Tim Paine (10) had a sedate start to their innings and was castled by Imad Wasim (1-27). At halfway mark, World XI needed 103 runs to win. The spinners did slow things a bit but Amla completed a 37 ball half-century.
The target looked relatively tough for World XI after the departure of Faf du Plessis (20) and they were left with 41 runs to get off the final three overs.
Perera (47 not out) took control of the end overs and struck three sixes in the next two overs during which he has even dropped by Shoaib Malik and they were left with 13 to get off the final over.
After managing seven runs off the first four deliveries, Perera struck his fifth six in the innings off the penultimate delivery to complete the chase with seven wickets in hand.
Earlier, Pakistan's total of 174 for six was set up by knocks from Ahmed Shehzad (43), Babar Azam (45) and Shoaib Malik (39) despite two wicket hauls from Perera (2-23) and Samuel Badree (2-31).
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