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. (Scorecard)
Catch all the highlights of the first T20 between Pakistan and World XI straight from Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore:
22:49 IST: PAKISTAN BEAT WORLD XI BY 20 RUNS AT GADDAFI STADIUM.
22:45 IST: SIX! Sammy smashes this hard towards deep mid wicket. World XI need 28 off 5 balls.
22:44 IST: World XI need 34 off 6 balls.
22:43 IST: SIX! Another one from Sammy. The right-hander smashes the ball straight down the ground. World XI 163/6, need 35 off 7 balls.
22:41 IST: SIX! Darren Sammy picks the ball nicely and sends it over deep mid wicket. World XI 157/6, need 41 off 8 balls.
22:33 IST: WICKET! Sohail Khan dismisses Grant Elliott for 14 runs. World XI 146/6, need 53 off 21 balls.
22:31 IST: FOUR! Fourth consecutive boundary for World XI. Elliott sends Sohail Khan towards fine leg.
22:28 IST: FOUR! Thisara Perera smashes Raees for back-to-back boundaries. World XI 135/5, need 63 off 25 balls.
22:22 IST: WICKET! Shadab Khan removes David Miller for 9. World XI 123/5, need 75 off 31 balls.
22:20 IST: SIX! Very good use of the feet from David Miller. He launches Shadab Khan towards long on.
22:16 IST: WICKET! Sohail Khan removes Tim Paine for 25 runs. World XI are in trouble now. They are 110/4.
22:10 IST: WICKET! Shadab Khan ends Faf Du Plessis’ stay at 29. World XI 101/3, need 97 off 45 balls.
22:07 IST: 22 runs off Hasan Ali’s over. 100 comes up for World XI in 12 overs. Du Plessis and Co. need 98 off 48 balls to win.
22:06 IST: SIX! What a shot from Du Plessis. He stands tall and smashes the ball straight down the ground for a maximum. World XI 96/2, need 102 off 49 balls.
22:05 IST: FOUR! Du Plessis comes across and plays a scoop towards fine leg. Clever shot from the batsman.
22:01 IST: Tim Paine takes a long stride and hits the ball towards long on. Excellent stuff from the right-hander. World XI 78/2, need 120 off 54 balls.
22:00 IST: FOUR! Faf du Plessis sends Imad Wasim towards long on for a boundary. World XI 68/2 in 10 overs.
21:57 IST: Excellent over from Shadab Khan. Just 2 runs off his over. World XI 60/2 in 9 overs.
21:54 IST: 8 overs gone! World XI 58/2. Paine 9*, Du Plessis 2*.
21:45 IST: BIG WICKET! Rumman Raees strikes again, Hashim Amla departs for 26. World XI 48/2 in 6 overs.
21:43 IST: Tim Paine is the new man at the crease.
21:42 IST: WICKET! Rumman Raees strikes, Tamim Iqbal departs for 18. World XI 43/1 in 5.2 overs.
21:37 IST: FOUR! Hashim Amla smashes Hasan Ali for back-to-back boundaries. World XI 39/0 in 5 overs.
21:32 IST: FOUR! Tamim Iqbal hits the ball towards sweeper cover for a boundary. World XI 22/0 in 3.2 overs.
21:29 IST: SIX! Hashim Amla steps back and smashes the ball over long on. World XI 18/0 in 3 overs.
21:24 IST: FOUR! Hashim Amla sends Sohail Khan towards mid on for a boundary. World XI 9/0 in 1.3 overs.
21:17 IST: Tamim Iqbal and Hashim Amla are at the crease. Imad Wasim will open the attack for Pakistan.
21:15 IST: Hello friends! Welcome back to the chase.
21:08 IST: Pakistan 197/5 in 20 overs vs World XI.
Babar Azam 86
Ahmed Shehzad 39
Shoaib Malik 38
21:05 IST: Another full toss from Thisara Perera and another six. Imad Wasim launches the ball towards square leg.
21:03 IST: WICKET! Thisara Perera ends Shoaib Malik’s stay at 38. Pakistan 182/5 in 19.2 overs.
21:01 IST: SIX! Full toss from Thisara Perera. Shoaib Malik swings it over deep mid wicket region. What a shot from him.
20:57 IST: FOUR! Third back-to-back boundary for Shoaib Malik. He is on fire. Pakistan 173/4 in 18.3 overs.
20:55 IST: FOUR! Shoaib Malik guides Ben Cutting towards fine leg for a boundary. Pakistan 169/4 in 18.2 overs.
20:53 IST: WICKET! Thisara Perera removes Sarfraz Ahmed for 4. Pakistan 161/4 in 18 overs.
20:51 IST: FOUR! Malik smashes the ball towards deep point. Excellent shot from him. Pakistan 160/3 in 17.4 overs.
20:50 IST: SIX! Shoaib Malik smashes the ball over long on. What a shot from Malik.
20:48 IST: 17 overs gone! Pakistan 149/3.
20:45 IST: Captain Sarfraz Ahmed is the new man at the crease.
20:43 IST: WICKET! Imran Tahir ends Babar Azam’s stay at 86. The right-hander falls short of his century. Pakistan 143/3 in 16 overs.
20:36 IST: Shoaib Malik is the new man at the crease.
20:33 IST: WICKET! Ben Cutting dismisses Ahmed Shehzad for 39 runs. Pakistan 130/2 in 14.1 overs.
20:28 IST: SIX! Babar Azam comes forward and launches the ball over deep square leg. What a shot from him. Pakistan 130/1 in 14 overs.
20:22 IST: FOUR! Brilliant timing from Babar Azam. The right-hander lofts the ball over deep extra cover for a boundary. Pakistan 115/1 in 12.5 overs.
20:21 IST: DROPPED! David Miller drops Babar Azam on 66 runs. How costly it is going to be?
20:18 IST: 100 comes up for Pakistan in 11.2 overs. Babar Azam 59*, Ahmed Shehzad 32*.
20:17 IST: FOUR! Ahmed Shehzad opens the fan of the bat and guides the ball towards fine leg. Pakistan 99/1 in 11.1 overs.
20:15 IST: SIX! Babar Azam dances down the track and launches Imran Tahir over long off for a mammoth six.
20:11 IST: FIFTY! Babar Azam brings up his half-century off 33 balls. Pakistan 84/1 in 9.5 overs.
20:09 IST: FOUR! Babar Azam opens the face of the bat and guides Grant Elliott towards third man for a boundary. Pakistan 81/1 in 9.2 overs.
20:03 IST: FOUR! Ahmed Shehzad uses the pace, opens the face of the bat and guides the ball towards fine leg for a boundary. Pakistan 70/1 in 7.5 overs.
19:56 IST: FOUR! Babar Azam sends Ben Cutting between extra cover and long off for a boundary. Pakistan 57/1 in 6.2 overs.
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19:52 IST: FOUR! Classy from Babar Azam. The right-hander leans across and drives the ball through extra cover for a boundary. Pakistan 49/1 in 6 overs.
19:45 IST: FOUR! Ahmed Shehzad sends Thisara Perea towards deep mid wicket for a boundary. Excellent stuff from the right-hander. Pakistan 34/1 in 4 overs.
19:43 IST: FOUR! Babar Azam slashes the ball hard towards third man. Pakistan 30/1 in 3.5 overs.
19:36 IST: FOUR! Babar Azam smashes Thisara Perera for back-to-back boundaries. Pakistan 21/1 in 1.5 overs.
19:32 IST: WICKET! Morne Morkel strikes in his first over, Fakhar Zaman departs for 8. Excellent comeback from the pacer after conceding two boundaries. Pakistan 8/1 in 0.4 over.
19:30 IST: FOUR! Fakhar Zaman welcomes Morne Morkel with back-to-back boundaries. Pakistan 8/0 in 0.1 over.
19:28 IST: Fakhar Zaman and Ahmed Shahzad are at the crease. Morne Morkel to start the proceedings for World XI.
19:23 IST: Both teams are lined-up for national anthems.
19:15 IST: PLAYING XIs:
World XI: Tamim Iqbal, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (captain), David Miller, Grant Elliott, Thisara Perera, Tim Paine (wk), Ben Cutting, Darren Sammy, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir
Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk/captain), Imad Wasim, Fahim Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Sohail Khan, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees
19:01 IST: TOSS: World XI captain Faf Du Plessis opts to field against Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan at Gaddafi Stadium.
18:54 IST: Sarfraz Ahmed will lead the Pakistan side and is among just five cricketers on the roster who have played a home international match — alongside Shoaib Malik, Ahmed Shehzad, Imad Wasim and Sohail Khan.
18:53 IST: The World XI is led by South African skipper Faf du Plessis and includes players from Australia, England, the West Indies, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
18:51 IST: Apart from five limited-overs games against minnows Zimbabwe in 2015, Pakistan have not hosted top-level international cricket since militants attacked the bus of the visiting Sri Lankan team in March 2009, killing eight people and injuring seven players and staff.
18:49 IST: Pakistan celebrated the return of international cricket on home soil as its top players prepared to meet a World XI in a stadium sealed off by thousands of police and troops.
18:47 IST: Fans have gathered in large number in the stadium.
18:40 IST: The World XI players are being ferried around the Gaddafi Stadium in autorickshaw.
18:35 IST: Hello and welcome to the Live coverage from the first match of the Independence Cup between Pakistan and World XI.
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.