Saturday 26 May, 2018

Samuel Badree helps World XI level series against Pakistan

West Indies spinner Samuel Badree.

West Indies spinner Samuel Badree.

West Indies spinner Samuel Badree had a good spell to restrict Pakistan as the World XI on Wednesday levelled  the three-match Independence Cup in Lahore with a seven-wicket last-over victory in the second game on Wednesday.

Choosing to bat, Pakistan scored 174-6 off their allotted 20 overs, but were overhauled by the World XI's 175-3 with a ball to spare.

South African batsman Hashim Amla led the way with the bat for the World XI with a brilliant 72 not out.

Pakistan were bolstered by a 59-run partnership between Shmed Shehzad, 43, and Babar Azam , 45, the two building on a 41-run opening stand that featured Fakhar Zaman's 13-ball 21.

The Pakistanis, at one stage looked as if they were going to build another big total, similar to the 191 they scored in the first game, however, they were pegged back, despite Shoaib Malik's 39 from 23 deliveries.

Badree was one of the chief orchestrators of putting the squeeze on the Pakistanis, ending his our overs for 31 runs, while taking the important wickets of Fakhar and Babar.

Thisara Perera also chipped in with 2-23 from three overs, getting rid of Wasim 15 from 11, and Sarfraz Ahmed for a duck. Sohail Khan, 1, would join Hamla in the unbeaten column.

In reply, Tamim Iqbal got to 23 from 19 deliveries before Sohail Khan had him caught by Shoaib.

There was a wobble in the run chase as Australia's Tim Paine went for 10 and skipper, Faf du Plessis, scored 20 from 14 deliveries.

Perera returned from his good outing with the ball to slam five sixes and put the run-chase back on track, scoring an unbeaten 47 from just 19 deliveries.

The result was a good turn around for the fortunes of the World XI, who were punished by Babar in the first game, the number-three batsman scoring 86 from 34 deliveries to lead the side to a massive 197-5.

The World XI were not able to match the big-hitting Babar and crumbled to 177-7, as no batsman got into the 30s, with Darren Sammy's 29 not out from 16 deliveries the only batsman who looked like making inroads into a big total.