Hashim Amla, Thisara Perera help World XI clinch second T20

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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.

Pakistan had scored 174-6 in their 20 overs.

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.

Yesterday, Pakistan beat the World XI by 20 runs in an exciting finish, celebrating the return of worldwide cricket to the country.

Perera plundered 47 runs off a mere 19 balls with five huge sixes studding his power packed innings.

In the first half, Pakistan seemed to have fallen 20-odd runs short - exactly 23 from the first match, with the late impetus not quite coming, as Mickey Arthur admitted afterwards. "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". Babar Azam, the man who helped win the first match, scored another solid 45 runs off 38 balls, hitting five fours.

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

Opener Fakhar Zaman, like he did on Tuesday, promised a big knock, hitting three fours in one Ben Cutting over and another in the next Badree over.

It was again left to Ahmed Shehzad and Azam to fix the innings, like they did with their 122-run stand on Tuesday.

Perera took the finishing duties on himself, hitting two sixes in the 19th over bowled by Sohail Khan, and had luck on his side, being dropped at the long-of boundary. This time they added 59 to steer Pakistan to 100. Pakistan had won the first match by 20 runs.

During his 23-ball knock Malik became the leading run scorer for Pakistan in Twenty20 global cricket, overhauling Umar Akmal's aggregate of 1,690 runs in 88 matches by two runs. He added, "We are hoping to see a good last match on Friday".

For the World XI Sri Lankan paceman Thisara Perera and West Indian spinner Samuel Badree claimed two wickets apiece.

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