Independence Cup 2nd T20

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Both Ahmed Shehzad and Babar Azam struggled to get the boundary shots as the World XI bowling attack made brisk scoring hard.

Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera arrived at the crease with World XI needing 69 from the final six overs and he provided the fireworks to snatch victory with an explosive 47 from just 19 deliveries. An 86 run knock at the top of the order in front of a packed 25,000 Gadaffi Stadium laid the foundation for Pakistan to finish with 197 runs. He was declared man of the match. In an innings that identically followed the script of the previous encounter, both Azam and Shehzad were dismissed in quick succession with Shoaib Malik and Imad Wasim once again providing the late impetus.

That partnership lifted the World XI after they lost Tamim Iqbal (23), Tim Paine (10) and skipper Faf du Plessis (20). - AFP. With the focus now firmly on the second T20 and the celebratory entrances done with, expect complete focus on the cricket.

Chasing the target, the World-XI scored 175 runs for the loss of three wickets in 19.5 overs.

Pakistan won the first match by 20 runs on Tuesday but struggled to contain World XI's strong batting line-up after its frontline fast bowler Hasan Ali was ruled out of Wednesday's game due to back strain.

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Pakistan players provided the promised entertainment dose to the crowd at Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore as the country cheered the return of worldwide cricket.

Thisara Perera usually does not have a good time against Pakistan.

At 135, Babar was sent back by Badree, who had the batsman - looking to smash the bowler over long-on - caught by Miller at deep mid-on for a 38-ball 45 studded with 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. Imad Wasim was another batsman who contributed significant 15 runs as the Pakistani batsmen failed to hit huge shots and big total.

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

The third and final match of UBL Independence Cup 2017 will be played between Pakistan and World XI on Friday.