Hashim Amla’s superb 55-ball 72 set-up a platform for World XI to chase down 175 runs in the second T20I of the Independence Cup. Amla’s class was too good for the 23-year old Usman Shinwari - punching two 'good' balls through the cover and mid-off regions, smashing the confidence of the newcomer. His balance at the crease was picture-perfect and that is primarily because of the economy-of-movement he possesses. Amla looked confident in his game against spinners, milking them around – opening or closing the face of the bat at the last moment to pierce the gaps. Overall, it was an innings of the highest pedigree.
Thisara Perera’s all-round performance was instrumental in pushing World XI over the line. The Srilankan all-rounder picked up the two key wickets of the dangerous Imad Wasim and handed over a duck to the Pakistan skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed in one over. Perera took full advantage of the full-tosses hurled at him by Rumman Raees and Sohail Khan as he managed to clear the boundaries sometimes convincingly and sometimes not. That won’t matter as he took his side over the finishing line.