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Sammy smashes 16-ball 29 but World XI fall to Pakistan

Sammy smashes 16-ball 29 but World XI fall to Pakistan

World XI batsmen Hashim Amla (2R) and Thisara Perera (C) shake hand with Pakistani cricketers at the end of the second Twenty20 global cricket match between the World XI and Pakistan at The Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on September 13, 2017.

Pakistan openers Fakhar Zaman and Ahmed Shehzad provided good start to the team as gathered 41 runs for the first-wicket partnership in 4.4 overs in the very next delivery, Samuel Badree took the wicket of Fakhar Zaman, who couldn't impress the spectators with his bat in the first T20 global against the World XI.

Thrown the responsibility of bowling the final over of the innings, Cutting was hit for two-towering sixes by the Pakistan veteran as the over fetched 17 runs.

That partnership lifted the World XI after they lost Tamim Iqbal (23), Tim Paine (10) and skipper Faf du Plessis (20). - AFP.

Now Faf du Plessis and co will be eyeing to level the series while the Green-shirts would be aiming to wrap up the home series. "The score was good and we were in a good situation in the beginning, but then we gave away many runs".

Earlier in the match, Shehzad became the first Pakistan player to hit three successive sixes.

At 135, Babar was sent back by Badree, who had the batsman - looking to smash the bowler over long-on - caught by Miller at deep mid-on for a 38-ball 45 studded with five fours. Imad Wasim was another batsman who contributed significant 15 runs as the Pakistani batsmen failed to hit huge shots and big total.

Their hearts would ultimately be broken when Perera hit Rumman Raees straight down the middle for a maximum to hand the World XI an unlikely victory.

Both the teams made two changing each in their teams as Pakistan has included M Nawaz and Usman Shinwari in place of Hassan Ali and Fahim Ashraf while the World XI as they brought in Samuel Badree and Paul Collingwood who replaced Darren Sammy and Grant Elliot.

Dashing left-hander Fakhar Zaman once again got fair reward for attacking intent as he put the World XI new ball bowlers to the sword.

Malik in particular was in stupendous form, smacking three sixes in a quickfire innings of 39 runs off just 23 deliveries.

With 63 needed in the final five overs, Sri Lankan all-rounder Perera struck a whirlwind 19-ball 47 not out to thwart Pakistan's chances.

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