World XI beat Pakistan in 2nd T20I

Team captain Sarfraz Ahmed of Pakistan and International World XI captain Faf du Plessis hold the Independence Cup trophy at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadi

Babar Azam produced the best T20 score of his career by hitting 86 to inspire Pakistan to victory in the series opener on Tuesday, but Perera starred as the World XI struck straight back on Wednesday with a seven-wicket win.

Earlier, batting first, Pakistan posted a total of 174 runs in their allotted 20 overs, losing six wickets.

Hashim Amla (72) and Thisara Perera (47) batted with aggression to help the visitors reach a 175-run target in 19.5 overs to set up an intriguing final match on Friday.

While Tamim was dismissed, Amla held one end, and with the help of big-hitting Perera at No. 5, World XI scrambled home with one ball to spare.

Yesterday, Pakistan beat the World XI by 20 runs in an exciting finish, celebrating the return of global cricket to the country.

Criticised so much after he dropped a simple chance off Sarfraz Ahmed in their Champions Trophy 2017 clash in England, Perera redeemed himself somewhat with a flurry of five sixes in his innings of just 19 balls, in which he scored a fiery 47 not out.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur said, "We need to sort out what happens to us when we come under pressure".

Badree took 2 for 31, while Perera had 2 for 23 to restrict Pakistan to 174 in 20 overs. "Hash (Amla) told me to stay till the last moment because we can catch up".

Pakistan did get going initially with every top-order batsman getting a start, but none of them went on to score big. While Shehzad scored 43 (34 balls) Azam hit 45 (38). From thereon once again it was Ahmed Shehzad and Babar Azam who forged a crucial partnership.

Malik, dropped on 32 by Miller off Cutting in the last over, took full advantage by hitting two sixes before holing out off the last delivery. This time they added 59 to steer Pakistan to 100.

In Pakistan, match can be seen live on PTV Sports, Ten Sports and Pakistan Television Broadcasters.

During his 23-ball knock Malik became the leading run scorer for Pakistan in Twenty20 worldwide cricket, overhauling Umar Akmal's aggregate of 1,690 runs in 88 matches by two runs.

Thisara Perera and Samuel Badree were the pick of the bowlers as they bagged two wickets each and kept the run-rate in check.

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