Pakistan make 174-6 in second T20 global

The visit of World XI has paved way for international cricket to Pakistan

The visit of World XI has paved way for international cricket to Pakistan

World XI beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the second Twenty20 worldwide to level the three-match series at 1-1 at Lahore's Gaddafi stadium on Wednesday.

Earlier, batting first, Pakistan posted a total of 174 runs in their allotted 20 overs, losing six wickets.

In a nail biting finish, World XI overhauled the target of 175 runs with just one ball to spare. "Amla and Perera played brilliantly, which got them the win", said Sarfraz.

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. "I am particularly disappointed by the deteriorating disciplines in the last five overs and with batsmen hitting out our fielding came under pressure as we saw a regulation catch was dropped".

Left-hander Perera went on a rampage as the visitors needed 33 off the last two overs, smashing two sixes off the 19th over bowled by Sohail Khan before sealing the match in the last over. "Thanks to Pakistan's fans for coming out in good numbers". The three-match series is now locked at 1-1.

Malik, dropped on 32 by Miller off Cutting in the last over, took full advantage by hitting two sixes before holing out off the last delivery. From thereon once again it was Ahmed Shehzad and Babar Azam who forged a crucial partnership.

In the first T20I Pakistan was sent into bat by World XI skipper Faf du Plessis, notched 197-5 with Babar Azam hitting a rapid 52-ball 86. This time they added 59 to steer Pakistan to 100 before Shehzad fell, followed 35 runs later by Azam. Pakistan had won the first match by 20 runs. He scored 20 runs off 14 deliveries, hitting two sixes before being caught by Shadab Khan off Muhammad Nawaz.

During his 23-ball knock Malik became the leading run scorer for Pakistan in Twenty20 worldwide cricket, overhauling Umar Akmal's aggregate of 1,690 runs in 88 matches by two runs.

That left the series intriguingly placed with the final match on Friday, also in Lahore.

Thisara Perera and Samuel Badree were the pick of the bowlers as they bagged two wickets each and kept the run-rate in check.

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