Pakistan set mammoth 198-run target for World XI


LAHORE: Pakistan set a target of 198 runs for World XI in the inaugural Twenty20 being played at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
World XI skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss and sent Pakistan into bat in the first of three Twenty20 internationals.
The hosts opened to an explosive start as the partnership of Ahmed Shehzad and Babar Azam placed Pakistan above 100.
Veteran batsman Shoaib Malik picked up the momentum for his team after Pakistan lost Babar Azam who scored 86 runs.
The series, only the second international in Pakistan since 2009, is part of efforts to revive international cricket in the country.
Pakistan had been forced to play international matches on neutral venues in United Arab Emirates since a 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore, after which foreign teams had refused to tour due to security concerns.
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Sohail Khan, Fahim Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees
World XI: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Ben Cutting, Grant Elliott, Tamim Iqbal, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Tim Paine, Thisara Perera, Imran Tahir, Darren Sammy


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