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XI beat Pakistan by 7 wickets in 2nd T-20

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Pakistan lift Independence Cup

Former West Indies T20 captain Darren Sammy smashed an unbeaten 16-ball 29 but the World XI side went down by 20 runs in the first match of their three-match series in Lahore on Tuesday. In reply the World XI got off to a disastrous start, losing five wickets inside the tenth over with 67 runs in the board. He scored 20 runs off 14 deliveries, hitting two sixes before being caught by Shadab Khan off Muhammad Nawaz. He was declared man of the match.

After scoring a run-a-ball 25 in the first T20I when a faster scoring rate was needed, Paine had the platform set for him to launch away after a brisk 43-run opening stand between Tamim Iqbal and Hashim Amla.

Faf du Plessis tried to smack a few around the mark trying to hit the ball around the park but his stay at the crease was cut short by Shadab.

Left-handed Tamim, who mauled spinner Imad Wasim for 16 runs in the third over of the innings, with one six and two fours, was finally dismissed when Shoaib Malik held a fine catch at square leg off Sohail. He was ably assisted by hero of the first match Babar Azam, who once again played a sensible innings, and collected 45 runs off 38 balls with the help of five fours. England's 2010 WT20-winning captain Paul Collingwood also took the place of Grant Elliott, adding valuable experience to the team, having already toured Pakistan back in 2006.

Malik hit two sixes in the last over before holing out off the last delivery of the innings. In the first match of Independence Cup, he leaked as many as 51 runs and then scored a mere 17 in a pursuit of colossal total. Imad Wasim was another batsman who contributed significant 15 runs as the Pakistani batsmen failed to hit huge shots and big total.

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The World XI included Paul Collingwood of England who featured in his first T20 worldwide 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.

But Perera took charge in the last five overs as he cut loose against Pakistan seamers Shoaib Malik and Rumman Raees.

Both the teams made two changes to their playing XI.

With the victory World XI leveled the three-match series at 1-1.

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