Sammy smashes 16-ball 29 but World XI fall to Pakistan

Sammy smashes 16-ball 29 but World XI fall to Pakistan

Sammy smashes 16-ball 29 but World XI fall to Pakistan

The second match of the 2017 Independence Cup saw the World XI and Pakistan resume the action at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Pakistan openers Fakhar Zaman and Ahmed Shehzad provided good start to the team as gathered 41 runs for the first-wicket partnership in 4.4 overs in the very next delivery, Samuel Badree took the wicket of Fakhar Zaman, who couldn't impress the spectators with his bat in the first T20 worldwide against the World XI. 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.

The World XI started off well with Tamim Iqbal hitting 18 with three boundaries and Hashim Amla smashing three boundaries and a six in his 17-ball 26 but left-arm pacer Rumman Raees dismissed both in the same over to put the brakes on their innings.

For Pakistan, paceman Sohail Khan and leg-spinner Shadab Khan finished with two wickets apiece. He was ably assisted by hero of the first match Babar Azam, who once again played a sensible innings, and collected 45 runs off 38 balls with the help of five fours.

His scratchy time in the middle meant that momentum built by the World XI was lost as Pakistan managed to bring down the run-rate considerably.

Then came the first encounter's man of the match, Babar Azam. Imad Wasim was another batsman who contributed significant 15 runs as the Pakistani batsmen failed to hit huge shots and big total.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has said his team would have to be more disciplined to seize the historic Twenty20 worldwide series against the World XI.

But Perera took charge in the last five overs as he cut loose against Pakistan seamers Shoaib Malik and Rumman Raees.

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

Malik hit two sixes in the last over before holing out off the last delivery of the innings.

Hasan Ali and Faheem Ashraf are expected to regain their places in the playing XI for Pakistan.

After he ended with figures of 2 for 23, he used the long handle to devastating effect and walloped 47 off a mere 19 balls to help World XI keep the series alive.

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