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21 November 2017 Last updated 36 minutes ago

Independence Cup: World XI win by seven wickets in thriller

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Independence Cup: Back-to back wickets restrict Pakistan to 174 @ICC Independence Cup: Back-to back wickets restrict Pakistan to 174

Opening batsman Hashim Amla scored a half-century and has taken the second T20 of the Independence Cup being held at Gaddafi stadium at a crucial juncture. World XI require 175 runs to win the match.

Earlier, a stellar catch from senior player Shoaib Malik provided Pakistan a much-needed breakthrough as it dismissed Tamim Iqbal 23(19) on a delivery of fast bowler Sohail Khan.

World XI openers Hashim Amla and Iqbal with their brilliant batting in chase of 175 runs had put Pakistani bowlers on the back foot.

Luck supported Imad Wasim as on one of his delivery the bowl went too low for Tim Paine to play. The middle-order batsman left the crease on score of 10 off 12.

Faf Du Plessis (20) lost his wicket after playing a loose shot on a delivery bowled by Muhammad Nawaz. His catch was taken by Shadab Khan.

First Inning

Earlier, in the second T20 of the Independence Cup tournament being held at Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday, Pakistan gave a challenging target of 175 runs to World XI courtesy brilliant batting of Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik.

Pakistani middle order batsman Babar Azam scored 43 off 34 balls, his inning included five boundaries.

Meanwhile, Malik coming at the second half of the Pakistani inning played a fiery 39 off 23. The senior batsman smashed three sixes and one four and with his today's inning, the Sialkot-born has become the top run scorer in T20Is for Pakistan.

Pakistan suffered its first loss after a failed attempt to hit Samuel Badree cost Fakhar Zaman his wicket in the fifth over of the inning.

Next to be dismissed was Ahmed Shehzad, after falling prey to a delivery of Imran Tahir. Shehzad in his 43 runs inning, smashed five fours and a six.

World XI took the much-needed wicket of Babar Azam when Pakistan was on 135. David Miller took his catch on a bowl by Badree.

Imad Wasim got a second chance when the umpires declared the full toss from Perera on which he was caught near the boundary as a 'no ball', however, he was caught again in the same over after giving an easy catch to Imran Tahir while attempting to play an unconventional stroke.

Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was bowled for a golden duck on the very next delivery by the Sri Lankan fast bowler.

On the last ball of the inning, Shoaib Malik lost his wicket on a delivery by Ben Cutting. The former skipper made 39 runs off 23 balls, which includes one four and three sixes.

Malik was earlier dropped by David Miller.

Speaking after the toss, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed said that fast bowler Hasan Ali will not be playing the game today due to a back injury. Usman Khan Shinwari will be playing in his spot.

Muhammad Nawaz has also made his entry in the team. Faheem Ashraf has been given rest.

The Faf du Plessis-led side looks to bounce back after facing a 20-run defeat in the series opener last night.