sport news Thisara Perera inspires World XI to victory over Pakistan

Babar Azam (45) and Ahmed Shehzad (43) helped Pakistan score 174-6 South African opener Hashim Amla hit an unbeaten 72 for the World XI Perera provided the fireworks with a quick-fire 47 to secure victory

By Press Association

Published: 01:24 BST, 14 September 2017 | Updated: 01:24 BST, 14 September 2017

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World XI ensured their three-match Independence Cup series went to a decider after securing a dramatic seven-wicket victory over Pakistan with one ball remaining in Lahore 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.

In a devastating spell, which saw him smash

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