Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera smashed a massive six off the penultimate ball in the last over during the second T20I to pull his side into the series. With the series hanging in balance, both teams face-off in the decisive game on Friday at Lahore.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Pakistan posted 174 for six. Ahmed Shehzad put up a 34-ball 43 after a painstaking 39 from 34 balls on Tuesday. Babar Azam stretched his batting form in the second match as he registered a well-crafted 45 from 38 balls.
However, it was Pakistan’s bowling in the death overs that saw them lose the grip of the game and eventually end up on the losing side.
An electrifying contest! For the first time in the series, the organisers are anticipating a full-house. With the series leveled and the World XI exposed to the Pakistani conditions, the match is expected to go down the wire.
Pakistan’s bowling is considered as its strength but they conceded 63 runs in the last five overs – courtesy poor bowling and sloppy fielding. Perera played a massive role in the World XI’s win but Sohail Khan and Rumman Raees kept on missing their yorkers – playing into all-rounder’s strength. He targeted his favorite region from long-on to square leg and wasn’t forced to hit in the areas he doesn’t like. This was later admitted by Mickey Arthur in his post-match talk.
World XI showed that as a batting unit, they have players who can play the role of an anchor as well as put their foot on the pedal at the death. Hashim Amla and Thisara Perera showed exactly how it’s done.
Hashim Amla showed he can play the role of an anchor in a chase. Some of the shots he played especially against Usman Shinwari are reminiscent of the fact that he is in a league of his own. The impact he creates at the top of the order puts him in the category of the players who can make a difference – any day and any time.
Shoaib Malik is another player from Pakistan who has given serious blows at the death. He now holds the record as the leading run-getter in T20Is for Pakistan, surpassing Umer Akmal. His experience has surely come in handy for Pakistan.