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Hashim Amla (72*) and Thisara Perera (47*) steered World XI to 7-wicket victory over Pakistan in the second match of the Independence Cup here at the jam-packed Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday.

In reply, the Faf du Plessis-led World XI managed to get over the finish line with a seven-wicket victory in a tense finish after Thisara Perera played one of the most entertaining T20I knocks.

Thrown the responsibility of bowling the final over of the innings, Cutting was hit for two-towering sixes by the Pakistan veteran as the over fetched 17 runs.

Left-hander Fakhar Zaman (21) hit Australian seamer Ben Cutting for three boundaries in the second over of the innings but was trapped leg before wicket by West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree (2-31).

For World-XI, Hashim Amla made unbeaten 72 runs.

Skipper Faf du Plessis hit four boundaries and a six while Darren Sammy smashed three sixes - both scoring 29 - but were unable to see their team through. "The score was good and we were in a good situation in the beginning, but then we gave away many runs". He was ably assisted by hero of the first match Babar Azam, who once again played a sensible innings, and collected 45 runs off 38 balls with the help of five fours. Sammy did cause slight jitters with his six-hitting skills but they did not turn out to be enough to beat Pakistan.

Shehzad, who looked somewhat tentative in the first match, played a better knock in this game, which was the right-hander's 50th T20 global.

Pakistan, however, won the match 33 runs. He played 23 balls to score impressive 39 runs laced with one four and three cracking sixes.

Badree was one of two changes made by World XI along with England's Paul Collingwood - playing his first global since retiring in 2011.

With 63 needed in the final five overs, Sri Lankan all-rounder Perera struck a whirlwind 19-ball 47 not out to thwart Pakistan's chances. 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.

After he ended with figures of 2 for 23, he used the long handle to devastating effect and walloped 47 off a mere 19 balls to help World XI keep the series alive.

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