Twitter Reactions: Babar Azan and Shoaib Malik once again lift Pakistan to a solid total

World XI will need to score 175 in 20 overs to level the series.

Babar Azam
Pakistani batsman Babar Azam. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan once again entertained the viewers with some outstanding natural stroke play. Opener Ahmed Shehzad scored a well paced 34-ball 43, including a six and five boundaries. He batted with a strike of 126 plus and gave the hosts a solid start, after Fakhar Zaman lost his wicket for 21, in the fifth over of the innings.

Babar Azam, who scored a splendid 86 the other night, started from where he had left in this one, and fetched five boundaries, for his 38-ball 45. Pacer Morne Morkel, who bowled 14 dot balls in his four overs, went for a few runs in his last over, as Imad Wasim timed a couple perfectly. Imad had to go back in the next over, caught by Imran Tahir.

World XI bowlers were impressive

For the visitors, apart from Morkel, Samuel Badree did a good job with the ball. The West Indian picked up the prized scalp of Babar, as the batsman went for a cross shot only to mistime it. 28-year old Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera bowled an impressive 19th over, as he picked two scalps- Imad first and then the skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed for a golden duck. He ended his three overs for 23 runs along with those two wickets.

Imran Tahir could only run around the park on one occasion, when he got the set opener Shehzad in the 13th over. Tahir was expensive, he went for more than 9 runs an over, and finished with 1/29 from 3 overs.

Malik plays yet another cameo

Malik repeated his antics from the first game, and played a cameo of 45 off 38 balls. He was dropped in the last over by David Miller, but the damage was done by then. Malik smacked a six in the penultimate ball of the innings but was caught in the last ball, as Paul Collingwood took a good low catch. The home team ended with 174/6 in their 20 overs.