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In pictures: World XI level Independence Cup with nail-biting win

Hashim Amla's opening stand and Thisara Perera's hard knocks level series 1-1, setting the stage for a thrilling final.
Updated Sep 14, 2017 12:46am

Player of the Match Thisara Perera smashed the winning six for a resurgent World XI side as they conquered the 175-run target with seven wickets to spare in the nail-biting second Twenty20 international (T20I) of the Independence Cup at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday.

After having lost the first match of the series by 20 runs, the star-studded international side came back strong in the second, keeping fans in the ground and across the globe on their feet till the last over.

While opener Hashim Amla set the stage for the World XI innings, it was Perera's hard knocks at the end that helped them take the game away.

Babar Azam remained Pakistan's highest scorer for the second match in a row, while Shoaib Malik's pinch-hitting took them to a respectable total of 174 runs. Malik also became Pakistan's highest run scorer in the T20I format today.

World XI batsman Hashim Amla, greets his partner Thisara Perera on World XI's victory in the second T20I match at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. — AP
World XI batsman Hashim Amla, greets his partner Thisara Perera on World XI's victory in the second T20I match at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. — AP

World XI batsman Hashim Amla acknowledges his 50. ─ AP
World XI batsman Hashim Amla acknowledges his 50. ─ AP

World XI batsmen Hashim Amla (2R) and Thisara Perera (C) shake hands with Pakistani cricketers at the end of the second match. —AFP
World XI batsmen Hashim Amla (2R) and Thisara Perera (C) shake hands with Pakistani cricketers at the end of the second match. —AFP

Pakistan cricket fans praise World XI players. ─ AP
Pakistan cricket fans praise World XI players. ─ AP

Pakistani spinner Imad Wasim (L) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of World XI batsman Tim Paine (R). — AFP
Pakistani spinner Imad Wasim (L) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of World XI batsman Tim Paine (R). — AFP

World XI captain Faf du Plessis plays a shot as Pakistani captain and wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmad looks on. — AFP
World XI captain Faf du Plessis plays a shot as Pakistani captain and wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmad looks on. — AFP

World XI batsmen Hashim Amla (R) and Tamim Iqbal (C) run between the wicket as bowler Usman Shinwari looks on. ─ AFP
World XI batsmen Hashim Amla (R) and Tamim Iqbal (C) run between the wicket as bowler Usman Shinwari looks on. ─ AFP

Pakistani spinner Imad Wasim delivers the ball. — AFP
Pakistani spinner Imad Wasim delivers the ball. — AFP

World XI cricketers celebrate after dismissing Pakistani batsman Ahmed Shahzad. — AFP
World XI cricketers celebrate after dismissing Pakistani batsman Ahmed Shahzad. — AFP

Pakistani batsman Shoaib Malik plays a shot during the second T20 International match between the World XI and Pakistan. — AFP
Pakistani batsman Shoaib Malik plays a shot during the second T20 International match between the World XI and Pakistan. — AFP

Pakistani batsmen Babar Azam (L) and Ahmed Shehzad run between the wickets. The pair scored a 50-plus run partnership for the second time in the series. — AFP
Pakistani batsmen Babar Azam (L) and Ahmed Shehzad run between the wickets. The pair scored a 50-plus run partnership for the second time in the series. — AFP

Security personnel search spectators arriving at Gaddafi Stadium ahead of the match. ─ AP
Security personnel search spectators arriving at Gaddafi Stadium ahead of the match. ─ AP

Spectators hold placards during the second T20 International match between the World XI and Pakistan. — AFP
Spectators hold placards during the second T20 International match between the World XI and Pakistan. — AFP

A spectator arrives at Gaddafi Stadium before the start of the second match between the World XI and Pakistan. ─ AFP
A spectator arrives at Gaddafi Stadium before the start of the second match between the World XI and Pakistan. ─ AFP

A Pakistan Army helicopter patrols over Gaddafi Stadium before the start of the second T20I. — AFP
A Pakistan Army helicopter patrols over Gaddafi Stadium before the start of the second T20I. — AFP

Pakistani and World XI cricketers pose for a photograph, with PCB Chairman Najam Sethi and ICC Director Giles Clarke in the centre, at Gaddafi Stadium before the match. —AFP
Pakistani and World XI cricketers pose for a photograph, with PCB Chairman Najam Sethi and ICC Director Giles Clarke in the centre, at Gaddafi Stadium before the match. —AFP