Pak beat World XI by 20 runs

| | Lahore

On a historic day for Pakistan cricket, the hosts beat World XI by 20 runs on Tuesday.

Put into bat, 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.

However, World XI struggled to stay in hunt from the start. At one point they were 101/2 in 13th over, but quick fall of wickets after that proved fatal for them in their run chase as they ended with 177/7. World XI skipper Faf du Plessis top scored with 29, while Sohail Khan impressed with the ball with his 2/28.

Pakistan were the real winners not only on the field, but of it too after successfully managing to host a match of this magnitude.

Since 2009 Pakistan has played most of its home matches in the United Arab Emirates and also staged two editions of its premier domestic T20 tournament — the Pakistan Super League — in the UAE. 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. Only Zimbabwe has toured Pakistan — for a short limited-overs series two years ago.



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