Pakistan beat World XI by 20 runs in first Twenty20 International
LAHORE (92 News) – Pakistan defeated World XI by 20 runs in the first Twenty20 match at Gaddafi Stadium on Tuesday.
Batting first after winning the toss, Pakistan amassed 197 runs for the loss of five wickets in the stipulated 20 overs.
Babar Azam smashed spectacular 86 off 52 balls laced with 10 4s and two sixes. Ahmed Shahzad (39) and Shoaib Malik (38) were other main scorers. NLTC Perera claimed two wickets, while Morkel, Cutting and Imran Tahir got one wicket each.
In reply, World XI were bundled out for 177 for seven in 20 overs. Sohail Khan, Rumman Rais and Shadab Khan got two wickets each. F du Plessis (29), Eliott (14) and Sammy (29) were other scorers.
Talking to the media after winning the match, Captain Sarfraz Ahmed said: “It was a very important match, after Champions Trophy. No praise is too high for our players, especially Babar Azam, and the way Ahmed Shehzad played, and the way Shoaib Malik and Imad Wasim finished the innings. We’ve got some very good players, which is why the selection committee is giving them a lot of opportunities. Our fitness is getting better day after day, and the humidity today was a test of it, and we passed it.”
World XI skipper Faf du Plessis said: “It was a good game, I thought Pakistan played exceptionally well. I thought it was a 180 wicket, so maybe we gave away 20 runs too many. Our bowling was possibly one-dimensional. They had a lot of variety, spinners, left-arm, right-arm. It was a great occasion to play here, and as soon as we walked into the field, it was just a normal game. I needed to get a 50 or 60 for us to win. Quick turnaround, I don’t think I’ve ever played two T20s in two days. Great to play in front of the Pakistani fans, hopefully next two games we can get a full house.”
Babar Azam, who was declared the Player of the Match said: “There was no pressure. It was just a slow wicket, so I thought I’ll take my time and play my natural game. Once I got a partnership with Ahmed bhai, I just wanted to take it as far as I could.”