|Independence Cup 2017
|2nd twenty20i : World XI vs Pakistan
| Wed Sep 13, 2017
|Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
|Time : 19:30 local (14:30 GMT | 20:00 IST)
Perera's 47 of 19 balls & 2 wkts and Amla's 72 led World XI to crush Pak by 7 wkts and level 3-match series 1-1
2nd t20 international match of Independence Cup 2017 has been played between World XI and Pakistan at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Opting to bat first, host team Pakistan put 174/6 runs in 20 overs. Ahmed Shehzad 43, Babar Azam 45 and Shoaib Malik's 39 of 23 balls were top scorers for Pakistan.World XI in reply chase sucessfully the given target in 19.5 overs and won the match by 7 wkts. NLTC Perera declared man of the match for his quick 47 of 19 balls and 2 wickets.
Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat first. Pakistan made good start with Fakhar Zamam and A Shehzad. Both added 41 runs in 4.5 overs before Fakhar Zamam got out scoring 21 runs. Babar Azam joined with Shehzad and played superb cricket for Pakistan as previous match. Both added 59 runs for 2nd wicket and put team score on 100 runs in 12.2 overs before Shehzad got out scoring well 43 runs. Babar Azam also played well and made 45 runs of 38 balls. In later overs Shoaib Malik played quick inning of 39 runs of 23 balls and put Pakistan on good total of 174 runs in 20 overs.
Following target of 175 runs. Woorld XI got good start with Tamim Iqbal and HM Amla initially. Both played good cricket and added 47 runs before Tamim got out scoring 23 runs. TD PAine and skipper F du Plessis also failed to bat well and left the field early. Thisara PErera joined with HM Amla and presented World XI excellent win by 7 wickets with 1 ball remaining. HM Amla contributed well 72 unbeaten runs and Perera smashed 47 runs of just 19 balls with 5 massive sixes in his brave inning. World XI won by 7 wickets and level 3-match series 1-1.