Pakistan look to seal Independence Cup against World XI

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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. With this swashbuckling six, Perera collected unbeaten 47 runs off 19 balls hitting towering 5 sixes.

Sarfraz Ahmed-led side's 20 runs victory in first T20 on September 12 opened the series 1-0 but in the second T20, the experience of Hashim Amla steered the World XI to a comfortable victory over Pakistan, leaving the series tied at 1-1.

The World XI is likely to give former Australian limited-overs captain George Bailey a go before the series ends.

Amla, who scored his seventh worldwide Twenty20 half-century, was the steadier of the two, with two sixes and five fours as he helped Perera add 69 runs for the fourth wicket off just 35 balls. Their impressive batting in the death overs not put tremendous pressure on Pakistani bowlers but also amused the spectators to greater extent.

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

Shoaib Malik once again tried to lift the innings through his 23-ball 39 that was spiced with three sixes, but a disciplined bowling effort from World XI meant the brakes were applied on Pakistan's innings at crucial junctures. He found good support from Shoaib Malik lower down. Sammy did cause slight jitters with his six-hitting skills but they did not turn out to be enough to beat Pakistan.

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. In reply the World XI got off to a disastrous start, losing five wickets inside the tenth over with 67 runs in the board.

Pakistan players provided the promised entertainment dose to the crowd at Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore as the country cheered the return of worldwide cricket. Babar Azam, the man who helped win the first match, scored another solid 45 runs off 38 balls, hitting five fours. His innings had taken him to 1692 runs in Twenty20 Internationals to become Pakistan's highest run-getter in the format, going past Umar Akmal's 1690 runs.

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

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