Hello and welcome to India.com’s LIVE coverage of the second T20 international match between Pakistan and World XI. Pakistan will host a World XI in the second of a three-match T20 series for the Independence Cup at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday from 7:30 PM IST.
Having taken the lead, Pakistan will look to clinch the historic series against World XI. The home side dished out an impressive performance in all departments to outplay Fat du Plessis-led side.
On a batting friendly track, Pakistan posted 197/5 in their allotted 20 overs. Baber Azam scored his career-best 86 off just 52 balls to help his side post a huge total. Experienced Shoaib Malik also chipped in with a 20-ball 38.
Pakistan bowlers then complimented their batsmen and restricted World XI, which comprises of batting stalwarts like Hashim Amla, du Plessis, David Miller and Tamim Iqbal, to 177.
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While Pakistan produced an all-round performance, World XI lacked an edge in the bowling department.
World number five T20I spinner Samuel Badree was not picked for the series opener. However, the leggie is expected to feature in tonight’s fixture. Pakistan is likely to field an unchanged side. However, World XI might tinker with the playing XI.
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed, Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Umar Amin, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Fahim Ashraf , Hasan Ali, Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees, Usman Khan, Sohail Khan.
World XI: Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, George Bailey, Paul Collingwood, Ben Cutting, George Elliott, Tamim Iqbal, David Miller, Tim Paine, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Samuel Badree, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.