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Amla, Perera lead World XI to T20 win

Amla, Perera lead World XI to T20 win

Pakistan on Tuesday took a giant step towards reviving worldwide cricket at home with a 20-run victory over the World XI in a match before excited crowds amid tight security.The Twenty20 match, accorded global status by the global Cricket Council, is the first game of only the second series Pakistan has hosted since militants attacked the bus of the visiting Sri Lankan team in March 2009, killing eight people and injuring seven players and staff.The Pakistan team will lock horns with the Faf du Plessis led ICC World XI in the second match of the series on Wednesday.

Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera arrived at the crease with World XI needing 69 from the final six overs and he provided the fireworks to snatch victory with an explosive 47 from just 19 deliveries.

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.

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.

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Left-handed Tamim, who mauled spinner Imad Wasim for 16 runs in the third over of the innings, with one six and two fours, was finally dismissed when Shoaib Malik held a fine catch at square leg off Sohail. "The score was good and we were in a good situation in the beginning, but then we gave away many runs". This time they added 59 to steer Pakistan to 100.

At 135, Babar was sent back by Badree, who had the batsman - looking to smash the bowler over long-on - caught by Miller at deep mid-on for a 38-ball 45 studded with five fours. Both played 88 matches.

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

Badree took 2 for 31, while Perera had 2 for 23 to restrict Pakistan to 174 in 20 overs.

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Pakistan won the first match by 20 runs on Tuesday but struggled to contain World XI's strong batting line-up after its frontline fast bowler Hasan Ali was ruled out of Wednesday's game due to back strain.

Shoaib tried to lift the run-rate and in the process cracked three sixes and a four in a 23-ball 39 but he did not get support from the other end.

With the victory World XI leveled the three-match series at 1-1.

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