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  • 10:53 PM IST

    WXI fold for 177 for 7 (20).

    That’s it. PAK win by 20 runs. An all-round effort by the hosts. What a way to celebrate the return of cricket on home soil? They batted with purpose, bowled well and fielded at par as well. Too many starts from WXI batters, but no one took full responsibility. A similar script in the pipeline for the penultimate tie tomorrow? We’ll wait and watch for that. For now, Babar Azam, Rumaan Raees and Shadab Khan get all credit for putting up a brave show in their debut games at home.

    Go ahead, Pakistan. Looks like your time has arrived. Goodnight guys. Read our report and highlights to follow. We will be back tomorrow.
  • 10:43 PM IST

    Formalities left. Unless something out-of-the-box happens. WXI need 34 off 6 balls.

  • 10:34 PM IST

    David Miller was stumped on a wrong ‘un from Shadad Khan. Now Grant Elliott goes for 14. He struck a four off the first ball of the 17th over, but Sohail Khan got the better of him. Elliott went for a big shot, but was caught by Imad Wasim.

    WXI 148/6 (17)
  • 10:19 PM IST

    Pakistan are all set to greet their home crowd with a thumping win after a long gap of international cricket at home. They have, by far, appeared a formidable unit as compared to WXI.

  • 10:18 PM IST

    After Faf du Plessis, Tim Paine also departs. It looks well and truly over for WXI now. Miller and Elliott in the middle with the equation reading 88 off 36 balls. WXI 110/4 after 14.

  • 10:16 PM IST

    A massive over this for World XI. 22 coming off Hasan Ali’s over as he concedes a maximum, and 4 fours. Faf on fire all of a sudden. Is this the opening they needed?

    WXI 100/2 (12)
  • 10:00 PM IST

    WXI 68/2 (10). They need some effort to win this. 130 required off 60 balls.

  • 9:57 PM IST

    Shadab Khan follows suit. Bowls a terrific over by foxing Faf with his leg breaks. WXI 61/2 (9)

  • 9:55 PM IST

    Sarfraz has brought back Imad Wasim into the attack. With wickets tumbling, WXI need a partnership and maintain a halthy run-rate. The thing with Imad is he keeps a tight length and becomes difficult for someone who hasn’t played him a lot; like Tim Paine. He ends an economical over. WXI 58/2 (8)

  • 9:46 PM IST

    GONE!!!! Right at the end of the powerplay, it’s Amla, who departs for 26 to Raees after being caught by Imad Wasim. Faf du Plessis makes his way in. How will World XI play from here?

  • 9:42 PM IST

    GONE!!!! Tamim has been bowled by Raees after attempting to be ambitious as he stepped out for a big one. He departs for 18 as Tim Paine makes his way in.

  • 9:36 PM IST

    Still no harm done as both the batsmen continue to bat steadily and smart. Amla though survived a run-out scare.

  • 9:28 PM IST

    Slow start by the World XI, as openers Tamim and Amla make sure that they settle down before going for the shots.

  • 9:08 PM IST

    After Babar Azam, the final onslaught was provided by senior pro Shoaib Malik as Pakistan finish on 197 for 5. World XI’s core batsmen have to step up if they have to chase down this total. Join us in a bit to see their reply.

  • 8:53 PM IST

    GONE!!!! The skipper Sarfraz falls for mere four off Perera after being caught behind by Paine. Cheap dismissal for the skipper. However, with the experienced Malik out there, it could still be danger for World XI. Meanwhile, Imad Wasim makes his way in the middle.

  • 8:47 PM IST

    GONE!!!! Babar Azam is the latest to depart as he falls for a healthy 86 to Tahir after being caught by Miller. Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed is the new man in. Can PAK still get to 200 from here?

  • 8:38 PM IST

    After 15 overs, PAK 133/2. Babar Azam is taking them forward single-handedly. On the other hand, it is a tailor-made situation for Shoaib Malik. Surely, WXI will want to see the back of Babar, but Malik can also cause severe damage.

  • 8:35 PM IST

    In two minds was Shahzad and led to his departure. A good catch by Darren Sammy off Ben Cutting. Finally a reward for WXI.

  • 8:31 PM IST

    Nothing going for WXI. Sammy concedes another expensive over with Babar Azam smashing him for a huge six. Some innings this from the youngster. Happy days are here for Pakistan cricket. He has now reached his highest individual score in the format.

    Meanwhile, the humid conditions are testing players. Physio is there to attend Shahzad. In addition, Shahid Afridi has also been spotted in the stands. PAK 130/1 (14)
  • 8:21 PM IST

    Darren Sammy came into the attack. Started by conceding a four and ended with another as well. Azam churning out runs at will. PAK eyeing something near 200 for sure. They have the platform to consolidate. A tailor-made situation to win your first home tie after 9 years, maybe?

    PAK 106/1 (12)
  • 8:20 PM IST

    Shahzad 33*, Azam 64*

  • 8:17 PM IST

    With the spin and mid off up the circle, Babar Azam smacked the first maximum of the night. This is becoming a special innings from the right-hander. He has looked in control and carved out an easy innings. Not much effort, just timing. On the other hand, Ahmed Shahzad is catching up slowly. WXI running out of bowlers to pick a wicket.

    PAK 95/1 (11). A big total on cards.
  • 8:05 PM IST

    WXI bowlers not getting the breakthrough they need. There was one run-out chance, but Shahzad was in. Babar Azam is timing everything from the middle of the blade. Faf du Plessis is rotating his bowlers and trying his luck, but needs some rewards.

    PAK 70/1 (8)
  • 7:57 PM IST

    Imran Tahir ends the powerplay overs with a tidy start. Babar Azam, however, struck a glorious boundary by reading the length early and displayed good footwork. This guy is all class.

    PAK 49/1 (6)
  • 7:52 PM IST

    Another eventful over. Coming from the Australia all-rounder, Ben Cuttings.

    There was a good stop from Perera on the fence, a half chance (caught and bowled) and few quick singles by the pair of Shahzad-Azam who are looking good. There seems to be no demons on the turf.
    PAK 42/1 (5)
  • 7:46 PM IST

    Perera shall be replaced soon. He has irked his lengths already. One unlucky boundary, followed by a leg side line doesn’t help him. He should be more on the money than looking for some swing in not so-seam-friendly conditions. PAK 34/1 (4)

  • 7:43 PM IST

    Nice chance for Ahmed Shahzad to get some runs under his belt after missing out on CT17. Meanwhile, Babar Azam will continue to impress.

  • 7:42 PM IST

    More like Morkel. He ends a tight over with few smart variations and controlled lengths. Only three coming off the 3rd over. PAK 24/1 (3)

  • 7:39 PM IST

    Another expensive over. WXI do not have a frontline seamer apart from Morkel. Thisara Perera went for 9 including two fours. The bowlers cannot irk their line and lengths on this slow track. Some short balls and leg side bowling giving away easy runs to Pakistan. Meanwhile, the crowd is buzzing already.

    PAK 21/1 (2)
  • 7:37 PM IST

    What a start. Morne Morkel conceded two back-to-back boundaries to Fakhar Zaman. Nonetheless, he got his man in the same over by edging one from his blade to first slip (Hashim Amla).

    Babar Azam came at No. 3 and quickly got off the mark with a four off a much-anticipated short ball. PAK 12/1 (1)
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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the first T20I between Pakistan and World XI. I am Aditya Sahay, and I will provide all the interesting posts from the social media space, along with intriguing stats.

Mohammad Aamer will miss the contest as he has been blessed with a baby girl in England. However, Pakistan still have the likes of Sohail Khan and Hasan Ali to rattle the opposition with pace.

In other news, we will see former England captain and winner of ICC WT20 2010, Paul Collingwood, in the thick of things since 2011.

“Everybody here has accepted that they are part of something more important than just themselves. To me, it’s a place where I have a great connection and going back there, like I said through the PSL final, to bring cricket back to Pakistan, if we can be part of history, a greater purpose, it’s a wonderful opportunity,” said Darren Sammy, two-time WT20-winning captain.

It is commendable from ICC that they took brave steps to revive international cricket in Pakistan, a place where teams have been refusing to tour since the terror attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis will lead World XI in this three-match series, played at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.


Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Shoaib Malik, Usman Khan, Fahim Ashraf, Umar Amin, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Aamer Yamin, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees, Sohail Khan

World XI: Tim Paine (wk), Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, Grant Elliott, David Miller, George Bailey, Paul Collingwood, Ben Cutting, Tamim Iqbal, Darren Sammy, Thisara Perera, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel, Samuel Badree