Pakistan Win Toss, Opt To Bat vs World XI

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Pakistan on Tuesday defeated World XI by 20 runs in the first match of the three-match T20 series at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. After this win, Pakistan have taken a 1-0 lead. Faf du Plessis-led World XI will look to make amends and keep the series alive when they take on Pakistan for the second match of the series on Wednesday at Lahore. In the last match, sent into bat first, Pakistan amassed a massive 197/5, courtesy Babar Azam’s career best 52-ball 86. In reply, World XI could only manage 177/7 in 20 overs. For Pakistan, pacer Sohail Khan and leg-spinner Shadab Khan finished with two wickets apiece. (Live scorecard)

Catch all the action and live updates of the 2nd T20 match between Pakistan and World XI

19:13 IST: World XI playing XI:

Tamim Iqbal, Hashim Amla, Tim Paine(w), Faf du Plessis(c), David Miller, Paul Collingwood, Thisara Perera, Ben Cutting, Samuel Badree, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir

19:12 IST: Pakistan playing XI:

Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Sohail Khan, Usman Khan, Rumman Raees

19:00 IST: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed wins toss, elects to bat against Faf du Plessis-led World XI.

18:43 IST: Ahead of the second match, a look at the top photos from last night’s series opener.

18:40 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the second T20 match between Pakistan and World XI.

Pakistan hope the series will help end their international isolation as Sri Lanka and West Indies are scheduled to play T20 matches later this year, PCB chairman Najam Sethi confirmed. The Twenty20 match, accorded international status by the International Cricket Council, is only the second time Pakistan has hosted an international match since militants attacked the bus of the visiting Sri Lankan team in March 2009. This T20 series is a giant step for Pakistan towards reviving international cricket at home after a long gap.





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