World XI thrash Pakistan XI enroute to final
World XI 117 for 4 (Harvey 52*, Afridi 4-16) beat Pakistan XI 113 (Elliott 3-17, Hall 3-22) by six wickets
In a must-win clash for both teams in Hyderabad, the ICL Pakistan XI were thoroughly outplayed by the ICL World XI, who booked their place in Tuesday's final with a comfortable six-wicket win.
A disciplined opening spell from Johan van der Wath and Daryl Tuffey put the Pakistanis on the back foot, and Abdul Razzaq and Inzamam-ul-Haq were dismissed with only 19 runs scored in 4.5 overs.
Imran Farhat scored a quickfire 13-ball 20, but that was the only innings of note among the specialist batsmen as the World XI bowlers ran through the Pakistan XI line-up. A collapse reduced Pakistan XI from 52 for 2 to 62 for 6.
Humayun Farhat and Naved-ul-Hasan managed to reach double figures, but left-armer Matthew Elliott accounted for the duo. Andrew Hall then took two tail-end wickets as Pakistan XI were bowled out for a disappointing 113. Elliott and Hall took three wickets apiece, while legspinner Upul Chandana scalped two.
Elliott then raced away in the chase along with opening partner and fellow Australian Ian Harvey; he contributed a run-a-ball 26 as World XI scored at nearly ten an over. Riaz Afridi then struck twice to get rid of Elliott and Lou Vincent, but Harvey found company in Damien Martyn.
A 47-run stand took their side further towards the target before Afridi once again struck twice in the same over. Harvey, though, compiled an unbeaten 52 to steer his side into the final, with victory achieved with 22 balls to spare.
The World XI will meet a red-hot India XI, who have won three consecutive games, in the final.