Pakistan edged out the World XI by 20 runs in the first game to acquire a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The second T20 international is scheduled to be played on September 13 at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Live telecast will begin at 7 PM local time.
Babar Azam's stellar performance with the bat helped Pakistan attain a massive total of 197 in the first game. The player of the match whacked 86 runs off just 52 balls and he is going to be the key once again at the no. 3 position. However, the team will also want Fakhar Zaman and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed to step up. Sohail Khan finished with the best bowling figures of 2-28 from four overs and Pakistan will expect the pacer to deliver the goods once again. Legspiner Shadab Khan was also impressive picking up two important wickets.
Their top four batsmen all got off to a good start but none of them could go on to make a big score. Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis looked promising though and were striking the ball very well. These two will be the key figures for the World XI at the top with David Miller being their best man in the middle order. Thisara Perera took a couple of wickets but proved to be a little too expensive in the end. Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir bowled well and the team will be expecting an even better performance from them in this upcoming match.
Pakistan vs World XI 2nd T20 Betting Odds
It's interesting to see the match winner odds of Pakistan rise despite winning the first game. They still begin favorites to win the second T20 international but they are now being offered at a slightly higher price of 1.88 with Betfair and 1.80 with Bet365. Pressure will be on the World XI team to bounce back and level the series. Betfair and Bet365 have laid down odds of 2.1 and 2 respectively on the touring side to win this match.
Pakistan vs World XI 2nd T20 Prediction
An upbeat Pakistan will now look to seal the series tonight itself. The World XI would have a better idea of the ground conditions than what they had before the start of the series but they will now be playing under pressure as this is a must-win situation for them. And unless their bowlers are able to figure out the right lines and lengths to bowl on this surface, the Word XI should find themselves in a spot of bother once again. Pakistan will go into this game being the more confident side and so we predict the hosts to win this match.
Final Verdict: Back Pakistan to beat World XI in the second T20 international at 1.88 with Betfair and 1.80 with Bet365.