Hashim Amla scored an unbeaten 72 while Thisara Perera played a blinder of a knock as World XI scored 33 runs off the final 11 deliveries to complete a chase of 175 runs against Pakistan off the penultimate delivery with seven wickets in hand in the second Twenty20 worldwide in Lahore.
Chasing an imposing 198 at the Qaddafi Stadium, the World XI lost wickets steadily to decline to 177 for seven off their 20 overs, to lose by 20 runs. Thisara Perera and Samuel Badree were the pick of the bowlers as they bagged two wickets each and kept the run-rate in check.
Sammy, who smashed three sixes and a four, was the joint top scorer for the World XI side that was chasing a formidable 197 for 5 set by the hosts that were playing an worldwide match at home for nearly a decade.
And in the context of why this series is being played, perhaps it is best for everyone that the World XI are not only in Lahore to pick up their reported $100 000-per-man cheques.
Hashim Amla was tiring after his marathon knock but Perera turned the match on its head with a ferocious, unbeaten 47 off just 19 deliveries which included just one dot-ball.
How Pakistan would be made to rue the missed opportunity later on, with Perera and Amla taking 13 runs off the final Raees over to keep the series alive.
For Pakistan, Imad Wasim, Sohail Khan and Mohammad Nawaz took a wicket each.
Opener Hashim Amla set the stage for a World XI win with a 72-run-strong performance studded by five 4s and two 6s, remaining not out at the end of the innings. And opting to bowl first was one of the few decisions that reflected prudence on Faf's part.
Another Aussie to end up in the wrong column, Paine has not had the best of times with the bat and wicket-keeping gloves in the Independence Cup so far. Tamim fell after scoring 23 runs and at this point, the World XI had 47 runs on the board with nearly 15 overs to go.
"It was a very happy day", said Perera.
"It's a habit for me to be in the situation like this". I listened to him and we did really well. This innings looked more like a catching practice at training for the World XI as soon after Sarfraz Ahmed fell in the same over after failing to score. "Thanks to the Pakistan fans for coming out".