XI beat Pakistan by 7 wickets in 2nd T-20

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Both Ahmed Shehzad and Babar Azam struggled to get the boundary shots as the World XI bowling attack made brisk scoring hard. An 86 run knock at the top of the order in front of a packed 25,000 Gadaffi Stadium laid the foundation for Pakistan to finish with 197 runs.

It looked to be enough for the hosts before Perera's late onslaught - he also took two for 23 from three overs in what was a man-of-the-match performance from the 28-year-old.

Needing better than 9.85 runs an over Hashim Amla and Tamim Iqbal got off to good starts then both fell in the fifth over. With the focus now firmly on the second T20 and the celebratory entrances done with, expect complete focus on the cricket.

A brisk start to the run chase was crucial for the World XI if they were to chase the target set by Pakistan, and that was exactly what Tamim Iqbal and Hashim Amla delivered.

Badree (2-31), Perera (2-23 of three overs) and Tahir (1-29 of three) were the prominent World XI bowlers. On Wednesday though, there was no second chance offered, as Perera smashed five sixes during his 47 not out off just 19 balls.

World XI captain Faf du Plessis and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

Thisara Perera usually does not have a good time against Pakistan.

In a devastating spell, which saw him smash five maximums, he hit a match-winning six off Rumman Raees. 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. His innings had taken him to 1692 runs in Twenty20 Internationals to become Pakistan's highest run-getter in the format, going past Umar Akmal's 1690 runs.

Pakistan reached the 50-run mark in 7.2 overs and crossed the 100 mark in 12.2 overs.

Malik in particular was in stupendous form, smacking three sixes in a quickfire innings of 39 runs off just 23 deliveries.

Pakistan included pacer Usman Shinwari and spinner Mohammad Nawaz as the duo replacing unfit Hasan Ali and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf.

As Pakistan take on World XI in the Independence Day cup final clash on Friday, here are the players to watch out for who can sway the game in their team's favour.

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