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Earlier, the World XI won the toss and elected to field first against West Indies.

Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi was afforded a guard of honour during the charity T20 match between West Indies and World XI at Lord's on Thursday evening as he declared that would be his last match in global cricket.

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Michael Bevan, one of the biggest cult heroes to have played for the Australian cricket team, played a blinder of an innings against Asia for the ICC World XI at Dhaka in April 2000.

But he was the only World XI player to score more than 12.

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has finally been named to lead the World XI after England's limited overs captain Eoin Morgan sustained a broken finger during a domestic match. After Chris Gayle departed for 18, Lewis and Marlon Samuels (43) rebuild the innings.

Afridi, who retired from mainstream worldwide cricket two years ago, received a guard of honour at Lord's.

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The World XI were bowled out for 127 with 20 balls to spare.

"The cause was everything tonight, and to have been able to help, it's fantastic".

Superstar opener Chris Gayle, the world's finest Twenty20 batsman, will suit up for the 6 p.m. (Noon Jamaica time) contest and is expected to be a massive pull as organisers seek to raise funds for five stadia in the Caribbean damaged last September by the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

At one point reduced to 45/5, the only resistance came from Sri Lanka's Thisarra Perera, who smashed 61 from 37 balls.

Carlos Brathwaite, West Indies' captain, was happy to be given first-use of the pitch. The Pakistani cricketer responded to the former England man saying, "No that's it".

"So it's important for those of us who can to be able to use our profile for the greater good", he added.