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Pakistan vs World XI 1st T20 – Live Score & Live Updates: Pakistan to bat first

Pakistan vs World XI 1st T20 – Live Score & Live Updates: Pakistan to bat first

South African legend Hashim Amla played a classic knock to help World XI beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the second T20I match of the ongoing Independence Cup at at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on Wednesday. However, the home team made it quite tough for the visitors by maintain the pressure in the middle overs.

Pakistan, sent into bat by the World XI, hit 197-5 in the first Twenty20 as the nation celebrated the return of global cricket under massive security in Lahore.

Batting first, a solid 1st wicket partnership between Babar Azam and Ahmed Shehzad steered Pakistan to 174 for 6 in 20 overs.

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While Pakistan produced an all-round performance, World XI lacked an edge in the bowling department. At 23, Tamim fall to Sohail Khan, but Hashim kept punishing Pakistan bowlers.

In reply, World XI reached 40 by the fifth over with Tamim Iqbal smashing three fours in his run-a-ball 18 and Amla cracking a six and four hits to the fence in scoring 26 in 17 balls, but both fell in the sixth over bowled by Rumman Raees. Particularly the latter who was dropped at 28 by Shoaib Malik at long on hit five boundaries to win the match for the World XI and maintained the interest of the series till the third game.

Acknowledging World XI's efforts, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed said, "We have to give credit to the World XI".

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The World XI left out Darren Sammy and Grant Elliott for Paul Collingwood and Samuel Badree.

Malik played well for his 23-ball 39, which was studded with three sixes and a boundary.

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. The series is now tied 1-1 with the final game to be played at Lahore on Friday.

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Pakistan had the sight, and got more than enough chances to wrap up the three-match series, but lapses in the field allowed the World XI to win the match.

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