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Badree shines as World XI level series

14 Septembre 2017

World XI skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss and opted to field first in the premier match of the Independence Cup series being played in Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium on Tuesday.

Pakistan concluded the innings at 174 for 6, a stiff target once again for the World XI but not formidable by any means.

Perera (2-23) and West Indian spinner Samuel Badree (2-31) were the main wicket-takers for the visitors.

The Twenty20 match, accorded worldwide status by the global Cricket Council, is only the second time Pakistan has hosted an global match since militants attacked the bus of the visiting Sri Lankan team in March 2009, killing eight people and injuring seven players and staff. The three-match series is now locked at 1-1. The World XI were in a better situation than they were in the previous T20, needing 33 runs to win from 12 balls.

Chasing 175 to win, the World XI got off to an excellent start as Amla and Tamim Iqbal amassed a 47-run partnership in 32 balls before Tamim was removed by Sohail Khan for 23.

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Hashim Amla was tiring after his marathon knock but Perera turned the match on its head with a ferocious, unbeaten 47 off just 19 deliveries which included just one dot-ball. Amla and Perera kept it till late and did it.

Amla, who was unbeaten on 72 off 55, got just the flawless partner in Thisara Perera as the asking rate continued to climb with eash passing over.

In a devastating spell, which saw him smash five maximums, he hit a match-winning six off Rumman Raees. Hashim was unbelievable for us, we needed that one guy to bat till the end and that didn't happen yesterday. Hash told me to stay till the last moment because we can catch up. "But I am confident that we can give tough competition to the World XI", he added.

With Amla (72 not out) too joining the onslaught, World XI reached 44 runs off the first five overs before Sohail Khan (1-44) provided the initial breakthrough with the wicket of Tamim.

Between the two strikes, Perera was dropped on the boundary by Shoaib Malik, but even at that stage it did not look consequential, considering the enormity of the World XI task. "Thanks to Pakistan's fans for coming out", said the Sri Lankan all-rounder.

Badree shines as World XI level series