Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sammy cameo in vain*

STARS ON SHOW: Pakistan batsman Babar Azam, left, looks on as World XI all-rounder Darren Sammy bowls during the first match of their T20 International series at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore yesterday. —Photo: AFP

FORMER West Indies captain Darren Sammy blasted a late cameo but it proved in vain as the World XI went down to Pakistan in the opening match of the Independence Cup Twenty20 International tournament here yesterday.
Chasing an imposing 198 at the Qaddafi Stadium, the World XI lost wickets steadily to decline to 177 for seven off their 20 overs, to lose by 20 runs.
Sammy, batting at number eight, smashed an unbeaten top score of 29 off 16 deliveries while captain Faf du Plessis also scored 29 off 18 balls.
Hashim Amla chipped in with 26 off 17 and Tim Paine struck a run-a-ball 25.
Sammy, the two-time Twenty20 World Cup-winning skipper, arrived at the crease with the World XI on 145 for six in the 17th over – still requiring 53 for victory off 21 deliveries.
The right-hander’s first seven balls yielded just four runs but he opened up in the penultimate over by belting left-arm seamer Rumman Raees (2-37) for a couple of sixes.

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