Shehzad lifts Pakistan to series win

Jonathan Hernandez
September 16, 2017

World XI sealed a thrilling win in the second match to level the series 1-1.

Pakistan gave the target of 184 runs to the visitors.

Pakistan: 1. Fakhar Zaman, 2. Ben Cutting was the next to go as Hasan Ali uprooted his middle stump for 5 and that opened the floodgates. Along with him, Imad Wasim was awarded as the T20 Player of the Year while both Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan received Emerging Player of the Year Awards.

Once again, Babar Azam led the batting with a top score of 45 off 38 balls while Ahmed Shehzad chipped in with 43 from 34 deliveries and Shoaib Malik, 39 from 23 balls.

In the ninth over, Pakistan lost Fakhar Zaman after the Pakistani batsman had scored 27 runs.

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 on Wednesday.

For the World XI, Sri Lankan medium-fast bowler Thisara Perera was the only bowler among the wickets.

Among others, Hashim Amla of South Africa made 21, Tamim Iqbal of Bangladesh scored 14 and captain Faf du Plessis contributed 13.

To the huge cheers of the jam-packed Gaddafi, Pakistan had won the match, but the World XI would leave Pakistan after winning the hearts of all cricket lovers in the country.

Former Pakistan skipper Misbah Ul- Haq and Shahid Afridi made their presence felt on the ground. This is the final match of the Independence Cup, the fans and people of Pakistan enjoying cricket after a long time. "This series has reduced the suffocation as nearly every Pakistani enjoyed watching the cricket", said Mudassir Hussain, a 22-year old cricket lover.

"Dave has said that, InshaAllah, he will bring the West Indies team to Pakistan for a three-match tour late November", he explained.

"My personal bond with guys like Mushtaq Ahmed and Muhammad Akram and my brother's experience with the Pakistani players make it particularly special for me to be here".

He added that the holding of the event in a peaceful and congenial environment has paved the way for global cricket in Pakistan.

"We were a little sloppy today in the field", Ahmed said.

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