Amla, Per­era lead World XI to T20 win

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

LA­HORE. - Sri Lanka all-rounder This­ara Per­era hit a tow­er­ing six off the penul­ti­mate ball to steer the World XI to a thrilling seven-wicket win over Pak­istan in the sec­ond Twenty20 cricket on Wed­nes­day.

Per­era made a whirl­wind 19-ball 47 not out with five sixes, while Hashim Amla fin­ished not out 72 off 55 balls to help the World XI over­haul a 175-run tar­get and level the three-match se­ries 1-1 be­fore a packed Gaddafi sta­dium in La­hore.

That left the se­ries in­trigu­ingly placed with the fi­nal match to­day, also in La­hore. Pak­istan had reg­is­tered a 20-run win in Tues­day’s first match, which marked the re­turn of in­ter­na­tional cricket to Pak­istan.

Left-han­der Per­era went on a ram­page as the vis­i­tors needed 33 off the last two overs, smash­ing two sixes off the 19th over bowled by So­hail Khan be­fore seal­ing the match in the last over.

Amla, who scored his sev­enth in­ter­na­tional 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.

That part­ner­ship lifted the World XI af­ter they lost Tamim Iqbal (23), Tim Paine (10) and skip­per Faf du Plessis (20). - AFP.

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