Pakistan fans are expected to be at the Gaddafi Stadium in large numbers again, with the hope that their boys win the final T20I and take the series. © Getty Images

Pakistan fans are expected to be at the Gaddafi Stadium in large numbers again, with the hope that their boys win the final T20I and take the series. © Getty Images

Mickey Arthur, the Pakistan coach, has said his team will have to maintain its discipline to seize the historic Twenty20 International series against the World XI in the intriguing finale on Friday (September 15).

Pakistan crowned a momentous Tuesday which marked the return of international cricket to the country with a 20-run win in the first match.

Teams (from)
Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), Shoaib Malik, Usman Khan, Fahim Ashraf, Umar Amin, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Aamer Yamin, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees, Sohail Khan.
World XI: Hashim Amla, Tamim Iqbal, Tim Paine(wk), Faf du Plessis (capt), Grant Elliott, David Miller, George Bailey, Paul Collingwood, Ben Cutting, Darren Sammy, Thisara Perera, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel, Samuel Badree.

But the World XI, with players from seven different countries, roared back with a seven-wicket victory in the second game on Wednesday, primarily because of the fact that they looked more settled and relaxed after being slightly numbed by the suffocating security around them on Tuesday.

Arthur said Pakistan’s inexperienced and young team had failed to keep their discipline in the last five overs on Wednesday.

“It was disappointing that we could not defend a 175-run target,” said Arthur. “We lost our disciplines in the last five overs and during that phase, a crucial catch was dropped.”

With 63 needed in the final five overs, Thisara Perera, Sri Lankan allrounder, took the task upon himself and thrashed a whirlwind 19-ball 47 not out to thwart Pakistan’s chances.

He hit Sohail Khan for two sixes but was dropped at long-off by Shoaib Malik – a serious turning point in the match.

Then, with ten needed in the final over sent down by Rumman Raees, Perera lifted the penultimate ball over long-on for the six that sealed the match.

Hashim Amla and Thisara Perera played the lead as World XI levelled the series with a win in the second game. © AFP

Hashim Amla and Thisara Perera played the lead as World XI levelled the series with a win in the second game. © AFP

“We tried to bowl him at full and wanted him to hit towards cover than being hit straight, but the plan could not be executed,” rued Arthur.

“We have a young team, so we are trying different things and will give every chance to youngsters to groom and develop.”

With a bomb blast in Kabul on Wednesday disturbing the Afghanistan Twenty20 league, security will be kept more right for Friday’s game here. Some top dignitaries like the Pakistan Army chief are likely to attend the match.

Hasan Ali, the fast-rising Pakistan paceman who missed the last game with a sore back, will return after being rested on Wednesday to avoid any aggravation.

World XI are likely to give George Bailey, the former Australian limited-overs captain, a go before the series ends.