Pak­istan must main­tain dis­ci­pline in the fi­nal: Arthur

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LA­HORE: Pak­istan coach Mickey Arthur has said his team would have to main­tain its dis­ci­pline to seize the his­toric Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional se­ries against the World XI in the in­trigu­ing fi­nale on Fri­day.

Pak­istan crowned a mo­men­tous Tues­day which marked the re­turn of in­ter­na­tional cricket to the coun­try with a 20-run win in the first match.

But the World XI, with play­ers from seven dif­fer­ent coun­tries, roared back with a seven-wicket vic­tory in the sec­ond game on Wed­nes­day, pri­mar­ily be­cause of the fact that it looked more set­tled and re­laxed af­ter be­ing slightly numbed by the se­cu­rity and the oc­ca­sion on Tues­day.

Arthur said Pak­istan's in­ex­pe­ri­enced and young team had failed to keep its dis­ci­pline in the last five overs on Wed­nes­day.

"It was dis­ap­point­ing that we could not de­fend a 175-run tar­get," said Arthur. "We lost our dis­ci­plines in the last five overs and dur­ing that phase, a cru­cial catch was dropped."

With 63 needed in the fi­nal five overs, This­ara Per­era, Sri Lankan all­rounder, took it upon him­self and thrashed a whirl­wind 19-ball 47 not out to thwart Pak­istan's chances.

He hit So­hail Khan for two sixes but was dropped at long-off by Shoaib Ma­lik - a se­ri­ous turn­ing point in the match.

Then, with 10 needed in the fi­nal over sent down by Rum­man Raees, Per­era lifted the penul­ti­mate ball over long-on for the six that sealed the match.

"We tried to bowl him at full and wanted him to hit to­wards cover than be­ing hit straight, but the plan could not be ex­e­cuted,” said Arthur.

"We have a young team, so we are try­ing dif­fer­ent things and will give ev­ery chance to young­sters to groom and de­velop."

Hasan Ali, the fast-ris­ing Pak­istan pace­man who missed the last game with a sore back, will re­turn af­ter be­ing rested on Wed­nes­day to avoid any ag­gra­va­tion to the in­jury.

World XI is likely to give Ge­orge Bai­ley, the for­mer Aus­tralian lim­ite­dovers cap­tain, a go be­fore the se­ries ends.

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