Pakistan are off to a superb begin, standing at 142/three on the finish of sixteen overs within the premier match of the Twenty20 Independence Cup collection being performed in Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium on Tuesday.
one hundred got here up for Pakistan within the twelfth over with a single off Ahmed Shehzad, who was caught out by Darren Sammy within the fifteenth over.
Shehzad and Babar Azam shared a 122-run partnership, with the latter racking up 10 boundaries and two sixes, reaching his second T20I fifty within the tenth over of the innings.
Azam, who smacked the primary 6 of the collection off a supply from Imran Tahir within the eleventh over, was additionally caught out off a supply from Tahir within the sixteenth over, leaving the sector with 86 runs off fifty two balls.
Azam had changed Fakhar Zaman, who was caught out within the first over for eight when he edged the ball to Hashim Amla on a supply from Morne Morkel after he hit two consecutive fours.
Earlier right now, when the match kicked off, World XI skipper Faf du Plessis gained the toss and put Pakistan in to bat first. Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, nevertheless, appeared unfazed, telling Ramiz Raja the inexperienced shirts had “needed to bat first anyway”.
Du Plessis informed Raaja the expertise was “fairly new” for the World XI.
“We have got an extended batting order and [that] provides us a chance to take a look at the wicket. It is an honour to steer the World XI. Nice to see we will play a small half in bringing cricket again to Pakistan. It isn’t about egos,” he stated.
Ahmed advised the commentator that most of the youthful gamers on the staff are experiencing a house crowd “for the primary time”. Nevertheless, he stated, the main target in the present day might be on cricket.
“The previous is the previous. We’ve a superb staff,” he added.
The World XI’s tour is a big improvement for Pakistan, because the nation has not hosted prime-degree worldwide cricket — barring 5 restricted over matches towards minnows Zimbabwe in 2015 — because the Sri Lankan workforce bus was attacked by terrorists in March 2009, killing eight individuals and injuring seven gamers and employees.
The Independence Cup, the primary to interrupt the dry spell, is a 3-match T20 collection which might be staged at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, on September 12, thirteen and 15.
The 2 groups, who made their strategy to the stadium amid tight safety as we speak, have been greeted by with stands packed to the rafters with cricket fanatics who’ve waited patiently for the return of worldwide cricket to Pakistan.
South African du Plessis stated upon the workforce’s arrival on Monday that the worldwide cricketers have been “enjoying for one thing greater than the sport itself” at a press convention upon arrival in Lahore.
“You all the time attempt to discover issues that will help you depart your mark — and this appeared just like the type of alternative to do exactly that,” du Plessis had stated, explaining the motivation behind his journey to Pakistan because the workforce’s captain.
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed referred to as the collection “a proud second” for the squad.
“We’re enjoying in Pakistan after a very long time. Fortunately, I’m concerned on this occasion and that too as a captain,” he added.
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