result
2nd T20I (N), Lahore, Sep 13 2017, Independence Cup
(19.5/20 ov)175/3
World-XI won by 7 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
player of the match

10:49 pm That's it from the coverage tonight. We'll see you again on Friday for the decider. On behalf of Shashank Kishore, I wish you a good night.

Faf du Plessis: We needed this to keep the series alive. We bowled well today and made fewer mistakes. The wicket had a bit more spin today. Hashim was amazing for us, we needed that one guy to bat till the end and that didn't happen yesterday. We're obviously a team that's brand new together, so last night we were disappointed we didn't do our best. Our bowlers were very good tonight and the batting was smart too. I expect the third match to be in similar conditions so we'll look to repeat this.

Sarfraz Ahmed: World XI deserves the credit. Amla and Perera kept it till late and did it. Our bowlers are young and this is an occasion for them to learn how to bowl in such situations. We were a little sloppy today in the field. The score was good enough, 175, but if the execution was better in defending, we would have pulled it off.

Man of the Match, Thisara Perera: First of all it's a real honour to be selected to the World Xi. Not much to say, it was a very happy day. Hash told me to stay till the last moment because we can catch up. I listened to him and we did really well. It's a habit for me to be in this situation. This is a dream come true for me [playing in this team]. Thanks to Pakistan's fans for coming out.

10:24 pm The series is alive! That's one way to bring cricket back. A treat for the fans in Lahore. Amla anchored this innings as the top order struggled to add impetus through the middle overs. Yes, there were big hitters down the order to make up for it, but World XI nearly lost their way. Pakistan's spinners did a great job and perhaps would have bowled 12 between them - Nawaz stopped at three - if Perera hadn't come in. Was the left-hander's presence the turning point, much before his big finish? Perhaps. The pacers couldn't hold their nerves in the end. We're going to have a spectacle on Friday.

19.5
6
Raees to Perera, SIX runs

he's smashed it straight over the bowler and cleared the boundary! What an innings from Perera! Stands tall, deep in the crease and is rewarded for his spirit so far with a nice, juicy full toss outside off. That front leg is out of the way already. He absolutely clubs it. The one six he gets off the middle and it's saved for this moment

6 off 2. Will Perera farm the strike? Will he do it in one ball? Will it be Miller after all? Or none of the above? Sarfraz taking his time talking to his bowler. Says a prayer as he walks back.

19.4
1
Raees to Amla, 1 run

well bowled. Giving nothing to Amla who is on his haunches at the non-strikers end. Slower bouncer, only dragged to deep square with a hook

19.3
2
Raees to Amla, 2 runs

top edge lands between long-on and long-off. He's too tired to do anything at the moment. Slower ball, good length at midlde stump. Slashes acorss the line and lobs it straight up. Back for the second

19.2
1
Raees to Perera, 1 run

low full toss at off stump, slapped to long-off and this time he's agile and onto it quickly before throwing it at the keeper's end

19.1
2
Raees to Perera, 2 runs

back of the hand slower ball, overpitched outside off. Drilled straight to long-off....where Shadab does atrociously. That is dreadful from the young leggie. Lazily down at it. Deflects it to his right and makes no effort to recover. Perera keeps strike

19.1
1w
Raees to Perera, 1 wide

oh no, starts off with a wide. This swings away from the wide marker, very full, but poor direction

end of over 1920 runs
ICC: 162/3CRR: 8.52 RRR: 13.00 • Need 13 runs from 6b
Thisara Perera38 (16)
Hashim Amla69 (53)
Sohail Khan4-0-44-1
Rumman Raees3-0-23-0

20 off the over! Perera has done superbly in the 19th over, and he has retained strike for the last one. Rumman Raees has been sensational so far. Here he is. 13 off 6.

18.6
1
Sohail Khan to Perera, 1 run

yorker at off stump, jammed down to long-off

18.5
6
Sohail Khan to Perera, SIX runs

smash! Full toss at off stump. Gets right under it and swings so hard! It's high, so high, and it's not very far. But it's over deep midwicket

18.4
2
Sohail Khan to Perera, 2 runs

dropped! Shoaib Malik puts down a simple one after getting in position nicely. It's overpitched at off stump, and he slams it flat towards long-off. Malik quickly to his left and it's into his waist when he puts it down

18.3
2
Sohail Khan to Perera, 2 runs

yorker at off stump, barely manages to get bat and poke this past the bowler. And they come back for the second again! Long-on and long-off caught flat footed. Sarfraz's voice Europe-bound

18.3
1w
Sohail Khan to Perera, 1 wide

goes full and outside off, but this bends away at the last moment and past the wide marker

18.2
2
Sohail Khan to Perera, 2 runs

full toss at leg stump, flicked to deep midwicket's right and back for the second. Sarfraz audible in Islamabad

18.1
6
Sohail Khan to Perera, SIX runs

the questions keep pouring in, but Perera keeps hitting the sixes. Once again, hardly any connection on it. The only reason this sails is because it's a leg stump full toss. He lifts it in the general direction of long-on and clears him