XI beat Pakistan by 7 wickets in 2nd T-20

Virat Kohli

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.

Arthur said Pakistan's inexperienced and young team had failed to keep its discipline in the last five overs on Wednesday."It was disappointing that we could not defend a 175-run target", said Arthur.

Openers Ahmed Shehzad and Fakhar Zaman provided the hosts with a brisk 41-run start in 4.5 overs before the latter was adjudged LBW off leg-spinner Samuel Badree as the ball struck on the left-hander's back leg.

It was superb finish by man-of-the-match Perera, who slammed a smashing six to guide his team to thrilling victory, as the visitors needed six runs to win in last two balls, but Perera held his nerves as hammered an impressive six to finish the match in great style.

The World XI opened their chase strongly, with a 47-run opening partnership between Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal and Amla.

World XI captain Faf du Plessis and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed. "The score was good and we were in a good situation in the beginning, but then we gave away many runs".

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. Both played 88 matches.

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Badree (2-31), Perera (2-23 of three overs) and Tahir (1-29 of three) were the prominent World XI bowlers.

Babar Azam was once again sublime, hitting five sweetly timed boundaries in his 38-ball 45.

Pakistan, however, won the match 33 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.

Badree was one of two changes made by World XI along with England's Paul Collingwood - playing his first global since retiring in 2011. Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), Shoaib Malik, Usman Khan, Fahim Ashraf, Umar Amin, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Aamer Yamin, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees, Sohail Khan.

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

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

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