XI beat Pakistan by 7 wickets in 2nd T-20

Virat Kohli

Pakistan on Tuesday took a giant step towards reviving worldwide cricket at home with a 20-run victory over the World XI in a match before excited crowds amid tight security.The Twenty20 match, accorded global status by the global Cricket Council, is the first game of only the second series Pakistan has hosted since militants attacked the bus of the visiting Sri Lankan team in March 2009, killing eight people and injuring seven players and staff.The Pakistan team will lock horns with the Faf du Plessis led ICC World XI in the second match of the series on Wednesday.

The nation marked the return of global cricket back to home with Pakistan comfortably defeating the all stars team in the first T20. He made classy 86 in the game which Sarfarz XI won by 20 runs. On Wednesday though, there was no second chance offered, as Perera smashed five sixes during his 47 not out off just 19 balls.

The home team's win will give the remaining two T20Is a competitive edge.

The match will begin at 7:00PM PST. Pakistan were determined to clinch the series while the World XI were looking to live up to their billing by putting in a winning performance to keep the series alive. In reply the World XI got off to a disastrous start, losing five wickets inside the tenth over with 67 runs in the board. Superb batting display by Shoaib Malik boosted Pakistan total to 176-6 which was quite defendable.

With 33 runs required off the final two overs, Amla let Perera have the majority of the strike and the Sri Lankan did not disappoint as he hit five towering sixes, including the winning one off the penultimate delivery of the innings.




His scratchy time in the middle meant that momentum built by the World XI was lost as Pakistan managed to bring down the run-rate considerably.

In the process Malik also became the highest run-scorer for Pakistan in T20I's. Imad Wasim was another batsman who contributed significant 15 runs as the Pakistani batsmen failed to hit huge shots and big total. Left-arm tweaker Mohammad Nawaz, and promising young pacer Usman Shinwari, came into the side for Faheem Ashraf and Hasan Ali, respectively.

Pakistan's experienced batsman Malik (39) lifted the total when he hit Cutting for two sixes in his 23-ball knock.

The third and final T20 match of the series will take place at the same venue on Friday.

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