Chasing 142 to win, though ICL-World lost Ian Harvey early, Damien Martyn (67), Lou Vincent (43) and Marvan Atapattu (24) drew upon all their experience to overhaul the total with nine balls to spare.
It could so easily have been a no-contest when ICL India found themselves at a perilous 9/4 after R. Sathish, ICL India Captain, won the toss and elected to bat on a flat track expected to assist spinners as the match progressed.
But Indians staged a remarkable comeback to post 141/5 with the help of Tejinder Pal Singh, who bolstered Indian innings with an unbeaten 63, and Rohan Gavaskar (30).
ICL-India 141/5 (TP Singh 63, Binny37, Gavaskar30 Van der Wath 2/12) lost by 8 wickets to ICL-World 142/2 in 18.3 overs (Martyn70, Vincent 43, Vignesh 1/22)
ICL India: Rajagopal Satish (captain), Abbas Ali, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Abu Nacheem, Ali Murtaza, Ambati Rayudu, Ganapathi Vignesh, Ibrahim Khaleel (wicketkeeper), Love Ablish, Ravi Raj Patil, Rohan Gavaskar, Stuart Binny, Syed Mohammed, Thiru Kumaran, T Sudhindra, TP Singh and V Sarvanan
Coach: Steve Rixon
ICL World: Chris Cairns (captain), Andrew Hall, Chris Harris, Damien Martyn, Daryl Tuffey, Ian Harvey, Jimmy Maher, Johan Van Der Wath, Lou Vincent (wicketkeeper), Marvan Atapattu, Mathew Elliot, Michael Kasprowicz, Russel Arnold and Upul Chandana
Coach: John Emburey