LAHORE: (Web Desk) – Pakistan has defeated the World-XI in the first match of the three-T20 series. Pakistan was put to bat by the World-XI captain Faf du Plesis after winning the toss. Pakistan scored 197 runs with some brilliant contributions by Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik. Ahmed Shahzad also chipped in and the World-XI were set a gigantic target of 198 runs off the 20 overs.
World-XI started off brilliantly with Hashim Amla and Tamim Iqbal sending the bowlers to all sides of the park. However, they both were removed by Rumman Raees in the same over. The skipper, along with Tim Paine, put up some resistance while Grant Elliott and Miller also had a partnership going for a while but all these efforts fell 20 runs short in the end as Pakistan restricted the visitors to 177 for 7, winning the game and leading the three-match series 1 – Nil.
Overs 19.2: Brilliant yorker by Hasan Ali has Sammy on his back. This is over now for the World-XI unless Hasan bowls a No Ball in this over.
Overs 19.1: SIX! And Sammy is going after it for sure. First ball of the over has gone for a massive six.
34 required off the last 6 balls.
Overs 18.5: SIX! And again.. This time over the bowler s head for the same result. He doesn t play by the books.
Overs 18.3: SIX! This time he connects and we all know what happens when Sammy connects. Maximum!
Overs 16.3: OUT! And Elliott is gone. Hehas hit that straight to the covers fielder and Imad Wasim made no mistake there. The kiwi batsman scored 14 runs off 8 balls with the help of two boundaries. 145 for 6.
Overs 16.1: FOUR! Elliott joins the party now. It was full on the pads and he s helped it on its way. 143 for 5 now.
Overs 15.6: FOUR! Another boundary for Perera. He s flicked it brilliantly and again finds the gap where he had found it 2 balls ago.
Overs 15.5: FOUR! And he s powered that one down the wicket as Rumman Raees fails to find the yorker.
Overs 15.4: FOUR! Perera clears his left leg and sends it for the boundary between deep backward square leg and deep midwicket.