Perera ensured World XI takes the series to the decisive game Friday when he reached victory in style by hoisting left-armer Raees over the long-on boundary.
Pakistan: 1. Fakhar Zaman, 2.
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Top-scorer Babar Zaman (45), who hit a career-best 86 in the first game on Tuesday, and Ahmed Shehzad (43) added 59 runs off 39 balls before both holed out in the deep while looking to accelerate the run rate.
The batsman scored just 3 runs and did not help World XI's cause as the visiting side had scored 53 runs for the loss of four wickets. Ben Cutting was the next to go as Hasan Ali uprooted his middle stump for 5 and that opened the floodgates.
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With the World XI side having five South African stars - skipper Du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel and David Miller - in its fold, there is no questioning that while this is an global effort, to help Pakistan out of its isolation, its roots are firmly entrenched in Southern Africa. The batman had managed 32 runs on 29 balls.
With 44 runs required from 12 balls, and with only two wickets remaining, Pakistan was in complete control.
To the huge cheers of the jam-packed Gaddafi, Pakistan had won the match, but the World XI would leave Pakistan after winning the hearts of all cricket lovers in the country. It was a successfully organised series with former Pakistani skippers, Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi, given grand farewell by PCB. He said that the passionate people of Pakistan deserve to watch cricket at their own grounds.
Because of the ongoing decent T20I short series, the Sri Lanka and West Indies have reportedly agreed to play against Pakistan in their country in coming months.
He added that if Pakistan Super League matches are played in Pakistan it would increase the confidence and trust of the worldwide cricket community that security situation is safe in Pakistan.