Prolific Perera helps World XI set up Pakistan decider

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World XI rode on a superb late charge by Hashim Amla and Thisara Perera to defeat Pakistan by seven wickets in the second Twenty20 global (T20I) at the Gadaffi Stadium here on Wednesday.

Pakistan had scored 174-6 in their 20 overs.

Chasing 175, the World XI reached the target off the penultimate delivery of the match, as Amla struck an unbeaten 72 runs off 55 balls, hitting five fours and two sixes along the way.

While Tamim was dismissed, Amla held one end, and with the help of big-hitting Perera at No. 5, World XI scrambled home with one ball to spare.

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World XI batsman Hashim Amla plays a shot.

The visitors suffered an early blow when opener Tamim Iqbal mistimed an attempted slog off Sohail's bowling. "We should have defended this total", he said.

The chase was getting tough for World XI, who needed 33 off the last 12 balls. "I am particularly disappointed by the deteriorating disciplines in the last five overs and with batsmen hitting out our fielding came under pressure as we saw a regulation catch was dropped". But when he looked good for another big innings, he threw it away with a lofted stroke, holing out to David Miller off Samuel Badree in the deep.

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

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Perera took the finishing duties on himself, hitting two sixes in the 19th over bowled by Sohail Khan, and had luck on his side, being dropped at the long-of boundary.

It was left to Ahmed Shehzad and Babar Azam to fix the innings, like they did with their 122-run stand on Tuesday. This time they added 59 to steer Pakistan to 100 before Shehzad fell, followed 35 runs later by Azam.

That left the series intriguingly placed with the final match on Friday, also in Lahore.

In Pakistan, match can be seen live on PTV Sports, Ten Sports and Pakistan Television Broadcasters. His innings had taken him to 1692 runs in Twenty20 Internationals to become Pakistan's highest run-getter in the format, going past Umar Akmal's 1690 runs.

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Pakistan's historic Twenty20 series with a World XI will go to a decider after Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera's supreme 19-ball knock tied the series at 1-1.

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