Babar, Shehzad missed out on well-deserved fifties © AFP
Babar, Shehzad missed out on well-deserved fifties © AFP

Pakistan registered 174 for 6 in second of the three-T20I series against World XI, at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Powered by Ahmed Shehzad (43) and Babar Azam (45), the hosts continued to annihilate the World XI bowlers, making full use of the momentum. Amidst the rampage, Samuel Badree managed reasonable figures of 2 for 31 on a batting-friendly track.

This was the first time that Badree did not open the bowling in his T20I career. Captain Faf du Plessis had perhaps thought the strong wind blowing across would assist his pacers more than spinners.

Morne Morkel read Shehzad’s footwork and bowled accordingly, starting with 5 consecutive dot balls. However, Pakistan made amends in the very next over, collecting 14 runs off Ben Cutting. The rampant Fakhar Zaman flicked away everything that was hurled on his pads.

Badree, all the same, was not kept off the attack for too long. With a packed off-side field, he aimed at middle and off, only to concede a three-boundary over. Pakistan were on the move right away, continuing from where they had left in the first contest.

Paul Collingwood, 41, then bowled for the first time since 2011 in a T20I. He started with a four-run over, bowling in the corridor of uncertainty. The Pakistani batsmen tried to make room and scythe past point, but all they could manage were singles.

Badree, on the other hand, could not keep the hosts at bay. He conceded 4 boundaries and a wide off his first 7 balls. However, the leg-spinner, maintaining his reputation, had Fakhar trapped lbw and provided the breakthrough World XI were yearning for.

In came the in-form Babar to put World XI in further trouble. The curators had dished out a featherbed for batsmen, which made the task easier for Pakistan. Exploiting the same was the duo of Shehzad and Babar, who added 59 for the second wicket before Shehzad decided to shimmy down and hole out to David Miller at long-on. After 12.2 overs, Pakistan were 100 for 2.

To up the ante in death overs, Pakistan summoned the swashbuckling Imad Wasim. Though he was not as menacing as in the first contest, he bludgeoned 15 off 11. Shoaib Malik, at the other end, used his blade to devastating effect, adding 39 off a mere 23.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 174 for 6 (Ahmed Shehzad 43, Babar Azam 45, Shoaib Malik 39; Samuel Badree 2 for 31, Thisara Perera 2 for 23) vs World XI.

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