Ahmed Shehzad © Getty Images (File Photo)
Ahmed Shehzad © Getty Images (File Photo)

Mukhtar Ahmed has helped Pakistan get off to a great start in their run-chase of 173 against Zimbabwe in the first T20 International at Lahore. Mukhtar was in attacking form early and he smashed it around easily. And then, Ahmed Shehzad also got into the act with a few big shots to help Pakistan score their fifty inside their five overs. Live Blog: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, 1st T20I

Mukhtar has been playing with great freedom and that has helped Pakistan get off to a good start. He has been picking his boundaries on both sides of the wicket and has dominated all the bowlers. Within five overs, Pakistan raced to 60. Chasing 173 in such a big game, they needed a good start and have got it thanks to Mukhtar, who is using the fielding restrictions well. Live Scorecard: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, 1st T20I

Earlier, Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat first on a good surface. Zimbabwe are being captained by Elton Chigumbura. Pakistan are being led by Shahid Afridi. This is a historic occasion for Pakistan and their fans as they are playing international cricket at home after a gap of six years. The ground is full at Lahore and they have many spectators in. Chigumbura scored 54 as Zimbabwe posted a good total of 172 for six.