In­de­pen­dence Cup: Amla, Per­era take resur­gent World XI to thrilling vic­tory

The Miracle - - Sports -

This­ara Per­era smashed the win­ning six for a resur­gent World XI side as they con­quered the 175-run tar­get with seven wick­ets to spare in the nail-bit­ing sec­ond match of the Twenty20 in­ter­na­tional (T20I) In­de­pen­dence Cup se­ries at La­hore’s Gaddafi Sta­dium on Wed­nes­day. Opener Hashim Amla set the stage for a World XI win with a 72-run-strong per­for­mance stud­ded by five 4s and two 6s, re­main­ing not out at the end of the in­nings. How­ever, it was Per­era’s (47) ag­gres­sive five 6s that led the side to vic­tory with one ball left in the game. He was awarded Player of the Match. The star-stud­ded in­ter­na­tional side fought toot­hand-nail to keep the se­ries alive fol­low­ing their de­feat to the green shirts last night. Both will be fac­ing off for the In­de­pen­dence Cup in the fi­nal match of the se­ries on Sept 15 at Gaddafi Sta­dium. Skip­per Faf du Plessis was the last man out, off Mo­ham­mad Nawaz’s bowl­ing, right after he hit a six. He scored 20 runs off 14 balls with two 6s un­der his belt. Tamim Iqbal was caught by Shoaib Malik off So­hail Khan, leav­ing the pitch with 23 runs, whereas wicket-keeper Tim Paine was bowled by Imad Wasim for 10.The World XI re­stricted Pak­istan to a tar­get of 174 runs for the loss of six wick­ets in the first in­nings, which was bol­stered by two part­ner­ships fea­tur­ing Ahmed She­hzad paired up with Fakhar Za­man and then Babar Azam. Babar, who was awarded man of the match in yes­ter­day’s game, today scored 45 runs in the first in­nings. He and She­hzad held it steady in the mid­dle, rack­ing up 59 runs be­tween the two of them be­fore She­hzad fell for 43. Babar was caught out at 45 off Sa­muel Badree as his stand with Malik looked to threaten the World XI. Shoaib Malik today be­came Pak­istan’s top T20I run-scorer with 1,702 runs in the for­mat.The green shirts lost four wick­ets in the last five overs of the in­nings as Shoaib, Babar, Imad Wasim, and Sar­fraz Ahmed were all caught out.Imad gave Im­ran Tahir a sim­ple catch while try­ing to get a boundary off This­ara Per­era. Skip­per Sar­fraz got out on his first ball, also caught by Tahir.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.