Pakistan host international cricket after a gap of six years © Getty Images
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Catch live cricket score and ball-by-ball commentary of the 1st T20I between Zimbabwe and Pakistan

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Mukhtar Ahmed has been named Man of the Match for his 45-ball 83.

Pakistan win the first of the two-match T20I series (there are also three ODIs after this). It was a close encounter in the end, but today’s match will always be remembered by history as the return of international cricket to Pakistan. We can only hope that cricket has come here to stay, Tests will resume, and other sides will keep visiting.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 173/5 | Overs 19.3 | Win by 5 wickets with 3 balls to spare

Mukhtar Ahmed 83(45) Ahmed Shehzad 55(39) Mohammad Hafeez 12(11) Shoaib Malik 7(14) Umar Akmal 4(3) Sarfraz Ahmed 3*(4) Shahid Afridi 4*(1) Tinashe Panyangara 2.3-0-28-1 Brian Vitori 4-0-24-1 Christopher Mpofu 3-0-32-0 Sean Williams 4-0-33-1 Graeme Cremer 4-0-28-2 Sikandar Raza 2-0-23-0

FOUR! Afridi walks out with a what-on-earth-is-going-on face and smashes it straight to finish things off. They shake hands and leave. Pakistan somehow managed to drag it to the final over despite the excellent opening stand. Things got a bit tense after they lost five wickets in a heap, but then, as they say, leave it to Afridi.

OUT! Shoaib Malik b Tinashe Panyangara 7(14)!

Panyangara was spot on with his yorker, Malik tried a cross-batted swipe and was bowled! Pakistan need 4 from 4. 

It will be Panyangara to bowl the last over. Remember, they need 6 from 6. TWO. Pushes to deep mid-wicket, they set off, they need 4 from 5.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 167/4 | Overs 19 | Target 173

Shoaib Malik 5(12), Sarfraz Ahmed 3(4)

ONE. Malik plays that to deep third-man, 10 needed from 11. TWO. Shuffles across and flicks it, good running, need 8 from 10. DOT. Down the leg, Mpofu gets away with it, not a wide, need 8 from 9. DOT. Gets an inside-edge, they steal a run, need 7 from 8. DOT. Goes for a wild slog, bottom edge, no run, need 7 from 7. ONE. Inside-edge, they run frantically, 6 needed from 6.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 162/4 | Overs 18 | Target 173

Shoaib Malik 2(9), Sarfraz Ahmed 0(1)

DOT. Sarfraz defends with his head down.

OUT! Umar Akmal c Vusimuzi Sibanda b Brian Vitori 12(11)!

Umar tries to pull, but can only get a leading edge, a dolly to Vusi at cover!

DOT. Malik looks calm, plays to cover. DOT. Plays to cover again, Malik does not look in a hurry. ONE. Steers to deep third-man, back to Umar, will he finish things off this over? DOT. Umar blocks.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 161/3 | Overs 17 | Target 173

Shoaib Malik 1(6), Umar Akmal 4(1)

FOUR! Umar Akmal rocks back to the first ball he faces on Pakistan soil and smashes it through deep mid-wicket!

OUT! Mohammad Hafeez c Charles Coventry b Graeme Cremer 12(11)!

Hafeez tries to late cut, but could only find the big gloves of Coventry!

DOT. Punches off the back-foot. DOT. Malik defends. ONE. Steps out and plays to extra-cover, will The Professor explode now? DOT. Cremer tosses up, Hafeez blocks.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 156/2 | Overs 16 | Target 173

Mohammad Hafeez 12(9), Shoaib Malik 1(3)

FOUR! Williams bowls outside leg, Hafeez paddles that easily past fine-leg! SIX! PROFESSOR! Steps out and dismisses over long-on! ONE. Sweeps again, this time just a single. ONE. Malik plays to long-off. DOT. Cute little steer to third-man. DOT. Tries a violent sweep but misses completely.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 144/2 | Overs 15 | Target 173

Mohammad Hafeez 1(4), Shoaib Malik 0(2)

DOT. Malik defends to cover. DOT. Malik blocks again. Four from the last two overs, two wickets.

OUT! Mukhtar Ahmed c Richmond Mutumbami b Graeme Cremer 83(45)!

Mukhtar tries to clear deep mid-wicket but finds the fielder. Hang on, is there a twist?

DOT. God ball from Cremer, Mukhtar is cramped for space. ONE. Pulls to deep mid-wicket, Mukhtar needs another 17, but Hafeez needs to get in first. ONE. Hafeez flicks against the turn, gets off mark.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 142/1 | Overs 14 | Target 173

Mukhtar Ahmed 82(42), Mohammad Hafeez 0(3)

DOT. Williams tosses up, Hafeez defends. DOT. Hafeez tries to flick against the line, misses completely. DOT. Sweeps hard, finds fine-leg, excellent over from Williams!

OUT! Ahmed Shehzad c Richmond Mutumbami b Sean Williams 55(39)!

As easy as that; short-pitch, cut hard, straight to point.

DOT. Shehzad tries a cute paddle, misses completely. TWO. Flicks to square-leg, wild, horrible throw.

The Lahore crowd is leaving for some inexplicable reason.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 140/0 | Overs 13 | Target 173

Mukhtar Ahmed 82(42), Ahmed Shehzad 53(36)

ONE. Flicks past mid-wicket, they need 43 from 47. DOT. Plays to cover, can Mukhtar score a hundred here? DOT. Back-foot punch to mid-off. FOUR! Slams past extra-cover, Mukhtar needs another 24. SIX! Lofts straight, very straight, can he get those 18 runs? DOT. Bounces, gets away with it, Coventry smiles.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 129/0 | Overs 12 | Target 173

Mukhtar Ahmed 72(37), Ahmed Shehzad 52(35)

DOT. Smashes to cover, excellent diving effort. ONE. Yet another single to deep extra-cover. DOT. Good bowling from Vitori, Shehzad blocks. DOT. Vitori bowls a bouncer, Shehzad ducks and lets it go. FOUR! Drifts to the leg, and Shehzad leg-glances perfectly, reaches fifty! ONE. Runs to cover and sets off.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 123/0 | Overs 11 | Target 173

Mukhtar Ahmed 71(35), Ahmed Shehzad 47(31)

ONE. Shehzad drives to deep extra-cover. ONE. Plays to fine-leg and they set off. ONE. Makes room and hoicks it over extra-cover, three off three. SIX! Mukhtar steps out and clears long-on with ease, the asking rate drops below six! ONE. Smashes over extra-cover, the runs simply keep coming! FOUR! Shehzad now, steps out and hits straight over the bowler.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 109/0 | Overs 10 | Target 173

Mukhtar Ahmed 63(32), Ahmed Shehzad 41(28)

ONE. Drives to long-off. ONE. Plays to deep extra-cover, hundred comes up for Pakistan. TWO. Steps out and tries to loft over extra-cover, gets the leading edge but get the second run. TWO. Lofts over cover, falls between two fielders, Shehzad looks determined to catch up with Mukhtar. ONE. Drives to long-on. FOUR! Mukhtar lofts over extra-cover!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 98/0 | Overs 9 | Target 173

Mukhtar Ahmed 58(30), Ahmed Shehzad 35(24)

ONE. Raza comes round the wicket, Shehzad reverse-sweeps, an easy single to point. ONE. Drives to long-on, another single. ONE. Shehzad sweeps, back to Mukhtar, will he take on Raza? ONE. Rocks back and pulls to deep mid-wicket. FOUR! Waits for it and places behind point, Pakistan are racing towards their target.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 89/0 | Overs 8 | Target 173

Mukhtar Ahmed 56(28), Ahmed Shehzad 28(20)

SIX! On comes Cremer, and Mukhtar immediately clears wide long-off, that was almost caught! DOT. Plays to point. ONE. Pushes to long-on, what will Shehzad do now? DOT. Plays back to Cremer. TWO. Waits for the turn and plays to deep point. ONE. Plays to deep mid-wicket, easy single.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 79/0 | Overs 7 | Target 173

Mukhtar Ahmed 49(25), Ahmed Shehzad 25(17)

ONE. Shehzad plays Williams past point, back to Mukhtar, he is on 47. ONE. Flicks past square-leg, they need exactly 100 now. DOT. Shehzad blocks, they do not need to hurry now. ONE. Pushes to long-off. ONE. Plays to deep point, Mukhtar reaches 49.  FOUR! Plays very late, deep third-man tries hard to cut it off but fails.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 71/0 | Overs 6 | Target 173

Mukhtar Ahmed 47(23), Ahmed Shehzad 19(13)

ONE. Misfielding at mid-on, Shehzad gets another run. ONE. Mukhtar plays past mid-off. FOUR! Shehzad lofts that easily over mid-wicket! ONE. Pushes to cover and sets off, easy single. FOUR! Fine-leg was up, Mukhtar pulls, easy pickings, this is terrible bowling from Tinashe. DOT. Plays to mid-wicket.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 60/0 | Overs 5 | Target 173

Mukhtar Ahmed 42(20), Ahmed Shehzad 13(10)

DOT. Williams comes on, Shehzad plays him to point. FOUR! Shehzad steps out and lofts him over mid-off to bring up the fifty, he joins the fun as well! SIX! He steps out again, this is straighter and goes longer, enormous shot! DOT. Nice comeback, the yorker is spot on! ONE. Flicks to deep mid-wicket, turns down the second. DOT. Straight to square-leg.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 49/0 | Overs 4 | Target 173

Mukhtar Ahmed 42(19), Ahmed Shehzad 2(5)

ONE. Intelligent batting from Shehzad, gives the strike back to Mukhtar. DOT. Mukhtar has a huge heave at that one outside off, misses completely. DOT. Plays to cover. FOUR! Vitori drops short, and Mukhtar immediately pounces upon it, pulling him to the fence! FOUR! Bottom-hand swat past mid-on, Mukhtar is looking ominous out there! FOUR! Vitori bounces, that takes the top edge and races to the fine-leg fence!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 36/0 | Overs 3 | Target 173

Mukhtar Ahmed 30(14), Ahmed Shehzad 1(4)

FOUR LEG-BYES! Mpofu drifts on the leg, the ball brushes the thigh-pad and beats Vitori to the fence! LEG-BYE. Down leg. FOUR! Mukhtar slashes very hard, the ball flies over third-man, they’re cruising. FOUR! Mpofu bounces, and Mukhtar pounces upon it immediately, pulling it for four! FOUR! Mukhtar shuffles across and picks that from middle-stump, flicks past square-leg! FOUR! Lofts over mid-wicket, the fielder does not have a chance with these short boundaries.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 15/0 | Overs 2 | Target 173

Mukhtar Ahmed 14(10), Ahmed Shehzad 1(2)

Coventry, and not Mutumbami, is keeping wickets.

ONE. Plays to wide mid-on and sets off, Shehzad finally gets strike. DOT. Nice line outside off, Shehzad lets it go. ONE. Flicks to deep square-leg, back to Mukhtar. DOT. Goes for a wild slash outside off, beaten completely. TWO. Flicks past mid-wicket, good running. DOT. Plays to point, they decide against the run.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 11/0 | Over 1 | Target 173

Mukhtar Ahmed 11(6), Ahmed Shehzad 0(0)

FOUR! Panyangara to Mukhtar, picks up easily behind square-leg! DOT. Plays back to the bowler. TWO. Mukhtar lofts that over mid-off, they run hard for a brace. FOUR! Mukhtar lofts that easily, reaches the long-on fence on the bounce. DOT. Good comeback, down leg, hits the pad, stifled appeal, that would have missed leg. ONE. Drives to wide mid-off and sets off.

ZIMBABWE 172/6 | Overs 20

Hamilton Masakadza 43(27) Vusimuzi Sibanda 13(15) Charles Coventry 14(7) Elton Chigumbura 54(35) Sean Williams 16(15) Sikandar Raza 17(13) Richmond Mutumbami 4*(7) Graeme Cremer 2*(2)

Anwar Ali 3-0-18-0 Mohammad Sami 4-0-36-3 Bilawal Bhatti 3-0-37-0 Wahab Riaz 4-0-38-2 Shahid Afridi 3-0-28-0 Shoaib Malik 3-0-12-1

This is a competitive total from Zimbabwe. The Pakistani bowlers have been good at times, but the fielding and the extremely short boundaries have let them down. Hamilton Masakadza laid the foundation with a 27-ball 43, while Elton Chigumbura provided the finishing blows, getting out in the last over for a 35-ball 54.

ZIMBABWE 172/6 | Overs 20

Richmond Mutumbami 4(7), Graeme Cremer 2(2)

ONE. Cremer walks out and flicks to deep square-leg, back to Mutumbami, he has not got it going today. ONE. Leg-glances, there should have been a second run. ONE. DROPPED! Cremer goes for a wild swipe, Wahab runs to catch it and makes a hash of it. ONE. Mutumbami plays to Umar at point, good run, they return amidst thundering applause from the crowd.

OUT! Elton Chigumbura b Wahab Riaz 54(35)!

The captain goes for the almighty hoick, misses the yorker completely, and is bowled!

ONE. Mutumbami pushes to off and gives the strike back.

ZIMBABWE 167/5 | Overs 19

Elton Chigumbura 54(34), Richmond Mutumbami 1(4)

DOT. Outside off, misses. SIX! Fifty to Chigumbura, soars over backward square-leg! ONE. Chigumbura gets a run to deep point. DOT. Slow bouncer, Mutumbami misses, good bowling. DOT. Excellent line, Mutumbami plays and misses outside off, Chigumbura must be desperate to get back on strike. ONE. Mutumbami keeps strike with a single to deep third-man, will Zimbabwe be happy with that?

ZIMBABWE 159/5 | Overs 18

Elton Chigumbura 47(31), Richmond Mutumbami 0(1)

WIDE. Way, way outside off. WIDE. This time it is down the leg. ONE. Plays past deep extra-cover, easy run. LEG-BYE. Mutumbami gets off the hip to long-leg. FOUR! Slower from Wahab, Chigumbura waits and places past point, the sweeper makes a mess of it, should have been stopped. FOUR! Short, and Chigumbura is on to it in a flash, easy pickings, Wahab has been wayward in this over. FOUR! Excellent placement past deep extra-cover! ONE. Plays to deep third-man, keeps strike.

ZIMBABWE 142/5 | Overs 17

Elton Chigumbura 33(26)

OUT! Sikandar Raza c Ahmed Shehzad b Mohammad Sami 17(13)!

Raza tries an encore of the six, but can only hole out to wide long-on!

ONE. Sami misses the hat-trick despite the excellent yorker, Raza digs it out and runs. DOT. Chigumbura plays to cover. ONE. Plays to long-off, he should have got a second run. SIX! There was no chance of catching that, with the boundaries yards inside the fence; Raza has a wild swipe over mid-wicket, how will they stop Afridi on this track? WIDE. Way outside off. FOUR! Raza has a go again, lofts over deep extra-cover, once again the boundary turns out to be too short.

ZIMBABWE 129/4 | Overs 16

Elton Chigumbura 32(24), Sikandar Raza 6(9)

FOUR. Top-edges the  pull to fine leg. ONE. Outside edge to third man, it was a full toss. Bilawal Bhatti getting some decent bounce. ONE. Up and over covers. DOT, NO BALL. Plan and miss. It was the second bouncer of the over. FOUR. This one goes over cover. Chigumbura goes hard at that one. FOUR. Another one! This was a good yorker, hit to fine leg. Bilawal’s figures are taking a beating. DOT. Hit straight to the fielder.

ZIMBABWE 114/4 | Overs 15

Elton Chigumbura 19(18), Sikandar Raza 5(8)

ONE. Plays to square-leg. LEG-BYE. Tries to flick, misses completely, the ball hits the pad and goes to point. ONE. Flicks and sets off, Chigumbura turns down the extra run. ONE. Steps out and tries to smash through mid-wicket, Umar Akmal stops it. ONE. Flicks to deep square-leg. ONE. Drives to long-on, six off the over.

ZIMBABWE 108/4 | Overs 14

Elton Chigumbura 17(15), Sikandar Raza 2(5)

ONE. Chigumbura top-edges the pull, gets a run. DOT. Raza plays to square-leg, no run. DOT. That cramped Raza for space, inside-edges. FOUR! Cover-drive, he is deep inside the crease, the ball races past the fielder! ONE. Pulls behind square, back to Raza. ONE. Drives to long-on.

ZIMBABWE 100/4 | Overs 13

Elton Chigumbura 11(12), Sikandar Raza 0(2)

DOT. The Pakistan-born Sikandar Raza blocks, intelligent bowling from Malik. DOT. Plays to third-man, excellent over!

OUT! Sean Williams c Wahab Riaz b Shoaib Malik 16(15)!

The typical limited-overs wicket for a spinner; sweep, top-edge, caught at fine-leg.

ONE. Malik bowls flat, Chigumbura steers to third-man. ONE. Williams chips over cover, another easy run. ONE. Chigumbura plays behind square-leg, that is hundred for Zimbabwe.

ZIMBABWE 97/3 | Overs 12

Elton Chigumbura 9(10), Sean Williams 15(13)

FOUR! Reverse paddle-sweep from Williams, excellent shot! TWO. Williams flicks and sets off. ONE. Williams is turning it on, another flick for a single. ONE. Chigumbura is batting smartly, rotating the strike. TWO. Williams pushes to wide mid-on, clever running once again. DOT. Williams steps out, misses completely, Sarfraz misses an easy stumping!

ZIMBABWE 87/3 | Overs 11

Elton Chigumbura 6(8), Sean Williams 8(9)

DOT. Chigumbura plays to fine-leg. ONE. Easy single past mid-wicket. TWO. Williams plays inside-out over extra-cover, nice running. ONE. Williams sweeps hard, but Malik has a fielder at deep square-leg. DOT. Round the wicket to Elton, tries to sweep, no contact. DOT. Tries the almighty heave, once again no contact.

Shoaib Malik will be bowling. Remember, if Sami gets a wicket off the next ball, he will become the first bowler to take a hat-trick in all three formats.

ZIMBABWE 83/3 | Overs 10

Elton Chigumbura 7(5), Sean Williams 3(6)

ONE. Wild swipe from Chigumbura, he gets off the mark. ONE. Williams plays past extra-cover, another easy run. FOUR! Rank long-hop from Afridi, bread-and-butter square-cut from Chigumbura! DOT. Nice comeback from Afridi, slow in the air, Elton is beaten comprehensively. ONE. They get another single, this time to point. DOT. Once again slow through the air, Williams tries to flick, misses.

ZIMBABWE 76/3 | Overs 9

Elton Chigumbura 1(1), Sean Williams 2(4)

WIDE. Huge, huge wide down leg. DOT. On target again, Williams blocks. DOT. Almost an encore of the previous ball, Sami and Wahab are bringing Pakistan back into the match. DOT. Wahab bounces, Williams pulls but misses, was that too high? TWO. Good length from Wahab, Williams steers and sets off, excellent running.

OUT! Charles Coventry c Sarfraz Khan b Wahab Riaz 14(7)!

Wahab bounces, Coventry tries to pull, the ball (probably) takes the glove, an excellent catch from Sarfraz. He did not look too happy… and rightly so. It seemed to have hit some part of the forearm or shoulder. 

FOUR! Coventry slashes over point, Bhatti overran it, beat the ball, only to watch it sail past him.

ZIMBABWE 69/2 | Overs 8

Charles Coverntry 10(5), Elton Chigumbura 1(1)

DOT. Afridi comes on, Coventry plays on off. ONE. Coventry plays to third-man and sets off, close appeal for a run out! ONE. Chigumbura drives to long-off. FOUR! On middle-and-off, Coventry paddle-sweeps deftly, that beat fine-leg. FOUR! Again! Coventry smashes that past extra-cover, no chance for the sweeper! ONE. Drives to long-on.

ZIMBABWE 58/2 | Overs 7

Charles Coverntry 0(0), Elton Chigumbura 0(0)

OUT! Vusimuzi Sibanda c Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Sami 13(15)!

Sibanda went for the pull, but the ball grew on him, took top-edge, and Sarfraz took a very high catch. They wisely left it to the gloveman. The no-ball call was a close one, reminiscent of the Sami of old times.

OUT! Hamilton Masakadza c Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Sami 13(15)!

Masakadza’s belligerence comes to an end! Short on off, he tries to cut, and drags it on to the stumps! Once again the no-ball was a close call, Sami is on a hat-trick!

ONE. Back comes Sami, and Vusi hits him to cover and sets off. DOT. Masakadza blocks, excellent line and length. ONE. Masakadza drives to long-on, this is a good comeback from Sami. TWO. Sibanda flicks past mid-wicket, square-leg has to cover acres of space, easy runs.

ZIMBABWE 54/0 | Overs 6

Hamilton Masakadza 42(24), Vusimuzi Sibanda 10(12)

FOUR! Masakadza leg-glances with panache, beats fine-leg! ONE. Flicks to deep square-leg, Sibanda is finally back on strike. ONE. Sibanda gives the strike back, hits to cover and sets off, Hafeez misfields. ONE. Masakadza pulls to mid-wicket and sets off, there is a direct hit, but he is safely in. FOUR! Sibanda comes to party, sparkling cut behind point! ONE. Vusi plays to mid-off and sets off, Hafeez misses the direct hit, Vusi would have been run out by miles.

ZIMBABWE 42/0 | Overs 5

Hamilton Masakadza 34(21), Vusimuzi Sibanda 4(9)

DOT. Wahab on, Masakadza defends. DOT. That took off from a length and hit Masakadza! DOT. Once again that hurried on to Masakadza, he can only fend it away. WIDE. Short, down the leg, nice take from Sarfraz. TWO. Well-played, and brilliantly fielded by Hafeez at deep square-leg! FOUR! Wahab lets down a slower, but Masakadza was equal to the task, steering it fine for four! ONE. Plays to third-man.

ZIMBABWE 32/0 | Overs 4

Hamilton Masakadza 26(14), Vusimuzi Sibanda 4(9)

DOT. Bhatti steams in, that was quick, Sibanda could not middle it. ONE. Sibanda pushes to mid-on, Wahab is too slow. ONE. Masakadza plays to backward-point, they turn down the single, but Shehzad misfields; they run. ONE. Sibanda plays to mid-off, finds Afridi; a direct throw would have had Sibanda, who had meanwhile managed to collide with Bhatti. Rameez Raja called it a “WWE-type collision”. SIX! Masakadza is quick on that, swings his bat, dismissing it over square-leg, the ropes are well inside the fence today. ONE. Uppercut, beats the inside field.

ZIMBABWE 23/0 | Overs 3

Hamilton Masakadza 19(12), Vusimuzi Sibanda 2(6)

LEG-BYE. Masakadza tries a hoick over square-leg, gets the run anyway. DOT. Sibanda plays to extra-cover on the back-foot. ONE. Sibanda pulls and sets off, Anwar is bowling well here. FOUR! Masakadza sits down on one knee and scoops it over fine-leg, excellent shot! DOT. Masakadza steps out and plays to cover, nice change of pace by Anwar. FOUR! Anwar strays a bit, the ball rushes past fine-leg!

ZIMBABWE 12/0 | Overs 2

Hamilton Masakadza 11(8), Vusimuzi Sibanda 1(4)

FOUR! Masakadza flashes past point, lovely shot! FOUR! Masakadza stands and swings his bat, mid-on was up, the ball soars over his head, good shot! ONE. Sensible batting, Masakadza pushes to mid-on and sets off, good running, too quick for Wahab. DOT. Sibanda flashes hard but misses, it was beyond his reach. ONE. Sibanda plays to third man, easy run, he is off the mark. ONE. Masakadza steers that one, keeps strike.

Mohammad Sami will bowl from the other end. He has gained weight, guys. You will not recognise the teenager you had seen at the turn of the millennium.

ZIMBABWE 1/0 | Overs 1

Hamilton Masakadza 1(4), Vusimuzi Sibanda 0(2)

DOT. Masakadza is rapped on the pads, stifled appeal. DOT. Masakadza blocks, he looks cautious out there. DOT. Masakadza plays to mid-off, good stop, no run. ONE. Masakadza plays to wide mid-on and sets off, makes it comfortably, the throw hits umpire Ehsan Raza. DOT. Sibanda blocks. DOT. Sibanda plays safely, good over from Anwar.

Masakadza and Sibanda have walked out. Anwar Ali will have the new ball.

It is jam-packed at Lahore. Though there are a few empty spaces, they would surely be filled up by the time the first ball is bowled.

As Rameez Raja announced, “this is the first T20 International at the Gaddafi Stadium in 56 years.” #JustSaying

The Pakistan President shakes hand with players of both teams. The national anthems are being played. If you are a lover of the sport, this is certain to give you goosebumps. Yes, cricket is about to resume in Pakistan.

PAKISTAN: Shahid Afridi (c), Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Hammad Azam, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Bilawal Bhatti, Mohammad Sami, Shoaib Malik

ZIMBABWE: Elton Chigumbura (c), Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Chamu Chibhabha, Charles Coventry, Roy Kaia, Hamilton Masakadza, Chris Mpofu, Tawanda Mupariwa, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Sikandar Raza

TOSS: Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat as over 60,000 people are expected at Gaddafi Stadium today.

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of a historic day for Pakistan cricket. It has taken six long years for Pakistan to stage international cricket again. The memories of Lahore 2009 still persist but with Zimbabwe arriving on Pakistan shores, there is hope for the fans. From the buzz on the social media and the internet, one can feel the atmosphere in Lahore, even though you may be sitting miles away. It may well be a Pakistan-Zimbabwe T20 International, but this game is historic and symbolic in its own right. This day would be remembered for years to come. READ: Pakistan vs Zimbabwe, 1st T20I Preview

I am Abhishek Mukherjee, and will take you through this day. Amidst the excitement, remember that there is a serious cricket match in store. Pakistan are still smarting under the defeat at the hands of Bangladesh and need to rebuild. They have a young side at their disposal with some familiar faces there. Though a special occasion, victory is what Pakistan wants. Zimbabwe are a competitive side, albeit without Brendan Taylor. This too is a new beginning for them and they would also be excited at being part of this big day. READ: How much the cricket world has changed since Pakistan last hosted an international game

Squads:

Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (c), Mukhtar Ahmed, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Khan (wk), Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Sami, Bilawal Bhatti, Anwar Ali, Nauman Anwar, Hammad Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Wahab Riaz, Imad Wasim.

Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (c), Vusi Sibanda, Hamilton Masakadza, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, Craig Ervine, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Prosper Utseya, Tawanda Mupariwa, Christopher Mpofu, Tinashe Panyangara, Graeme Cremer, Brian Vitori, Chamu Chibhabha, Charles Coventry, Roy Kaia.

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