Sohail Khan, Rumman Raees and Shadab Khan claimed two wickets apiece as Pakistan defeated World XI by 20 runs in their first Twenty20 match at Gaddafi Stadium on Tuesday. Pakistan, sent into bat by the World XI, posted 197 for 5 as the nation celebrated the return of international cricket under massive security in Lahore.
Chasing 198, World XI could only manage 177/7 in 20 overs. It is only the second time Pakistan has hosted an international match since a 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lankan team bus, also in Lahore. For Pakistan, Babar Azam top-scored with a 52-ball 86 studded with 10 boundaries and two sixes, adding 122 for the second wicket with Ahmed Shehzad who made 39.
South African Test skipper Faf du Plessis will be leading the World XI squad. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) issued a press release stating that the 14-member World XI squad will include players from seven Test-playing countries.
The World XI includes five players from South Africa, three from Australia, two from the West Indies and one each from Bangladesh, England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
Sources : asianmirror
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