Pakistan look to seal Independence Cup against World XI

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Pakistan look to seal Independence Cup against World XI

The World XI won the second match of the three-game T20 series titled Independence Cup, defeating the hosts by seven wickets. 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. With 33 required off the last two overs it was Sohail Khan who blinked first as he was smashed out of the park for two very large sixes by Perera. 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. His partnership with Amla lifted World XI after it lost Tamim Iqbal (23), Tim Paine (10) and skipper Faf du Plessis for 20 before the winning stand came to the rescue. With the focus now firmly on the second T20 and the celebratory entrances done with, expect complete focus on the cricket.

World XI captain Faf du Plessis and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

Chasing 175, the World XI reached the target off the penultimate delivery of the match, as Amla struck an unbeaten 72 runs off 55 balls, hitting five fours and two sixes along the way. England's 2010 WT20-winning captain Paul Collingwood also took the place of Grant Elliott, adding valuable experience to the team, having already toured Pakistan back in 2006. But in the second match, he, to some extent, remained successful in amusing the spectators with his classic shots as he played 13 balls to score 23 runs with the help of four fours.

Imran Tahir on the other hand is arguably the most lethal bowler in World XI's arsenal.

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. 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.

Samuel Badree, despite conceding 3 boundaries off his first over, ended with figures of 2 for 31.

The third and final T20I will be played on September 15, at the same venue - Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

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