La­hore lays on charm for bat and ball in World X se­ries

The New Age (Free State) - - SPORT -

LA­HORE is home to the cliche. It has long been known as the cul­tural and culi­nary cap­i­tal of Pak­istan, though the cul­tural in­dus­tries have mi­grated to Karachi and the rep­u­ta­tion for food is prob­a­bly earned be­cause of the con­sid­er­able ap­petites of La­ho­ris rather than the qual­ity of their food.

But on nights like the one on Wed­nes­day it is hard to re­sist the charm of this glo­ri­ous city.

Un­like the first T20 of the In­de­pen­dence Cup be­tween Pak­istan and the World XI, the crowd for this sec­ond match was fit­ting for the oc­ca­sion. Loud and bois­ter­ous through­out, they brought this se­ries to life.

Much like when Zim­babwe vis­ited in 2015, the fans would scream out the names of who­ever was field­ing on the bound­ary. But the loud­est cheers on the night came Hashim Amla’s way.

But Amla made his pres­ence felt be­yond just the crowd’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion. Ar­guably the best player in the World XI side, he showed his class straight from the start of his in­nings and stayed till the end as his team mopped up the chase.

In those mo­ments of good cricket, there was the prom­ise of what this se­ries can achieve. For all the ex­pan­sive nar­ra­tives as­so­ci­ated with this se­ries, watch­ing Amla was a re­minder of the sim­ple plea­sures that the game pro­vides. – TOI

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