Lahore : Joy of Pakistani cricket fans doubled as their national team scored 20-run win over the World XI in the first Twenty20 as they celebrated return of international cricket. The match was played with massive security.
Chasing a healthy victory target of 198, World XI batsmen could not take the pressure and got out even after getting starts. Darren Sammy scored at brisk pace, but it was too much for him. Tamim Iqbal 18, Hashim Amla 26, Tim Paine 25 and captain Faf du Plesis 29 fought hard, but finisher David Miller’s (9) failure proved crucial.
Earlier, Pakistan, sent into bat by the World XI, hit 197-5 in their allotted 20 overs.
One-drop batsman 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. The second and third matches are also in Lahore on Wednesday and Thursday.