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Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Amla, Perera lead World XI to T20 win

Amla, Perera lead World XI to T20 win

He added, "We are hoping to see a good last match on Friday". A whirlwind knock of 47 runs off just 19 deliveries from the Sri Lankan all-rounder, with five towering sixes added for good measure.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has said his team would have to be more disciplined to seize the historic Twenty20 worldwide series against the World XI.

It was left to Ahmed Shehzad and Babar Azam to fix the innings, like they did with their 122-run stand on Tuesday.

Malik, playing in his 88th T20 worldwide, became Pakistan's highest scorer in the format and surpassed Umar Akmal's total of 1,690 runs before he holed out off the last ball.

Shoaib tried to lift the run-rate and in the process cracked three sixes and a four in a 23-ball 39 but he did not get support from the other end. His late assault was the sole reason the hosts crossed the 160-run mark to eventually settle on an imposing 174-6.

The Australian all-rounder took a serious beating on Wednesday as he was targeted by the Pakistan batsmen.

The Aussie never really recovered from that point and was taken apart by Malik in the death overs.

Right-arm pace bowler Sohail Khan conceded 20 runs in the 19th over as Perera hit him for two sixes.

Cutting ultimately finished with figures of 1-52 off his four overs to cap-off a bad day in the office.

But soon he lost Plessis, who after slamming Nawaz for a six, got out the very next delivery, caught by Shadab at deep cover as the scoreboard showed 106-3 in the 14th over.

Another Aussie to end up in the wrong column, Paine has not had the best of times with the bat and wicket-keeping gloves in the Independence Cup so far. It was a collective effort from the Pakistan batting line up which kept the scoreboard ticking but they were not allowed to run away with it in the death overs.

Apart from Imad Wasim, none of the bowlers could choke the World XI batters, as five bowlers went over 8 RPO. The Aussie returned to the pavilion after a 12-ball innings which only garnered 10 runs.

The World XI included Paul Collingwood of England who featured in his first T20 global since his retirement from T20 Internationals in 2011 and Badree of the West Indies in place of Darren Sammy and New Zealand's Grant Elliott.

One six in his 12-ball innings was the only saving grace for Paine.

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