Pakistan defeat World XI in inaugural T20 12 Sep, 2017
Pakistan defeated Faf du Plessis' World XI by 20 runs in the inaugural Twenty20 of the Independence Cup at Gaddafi stadium in Lahore.Pakistan, sent into bat by the World XI, hit 197-5 in the first Twenty20 as the nation celebrated the return of international cricket under massive security in Lahore on Tuesday.It is only the second timePakistanhas hosted an international match since a 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lankan team bus, also in Lahore.One-drop batsman Babar Azam top-scored with a 52-ball 86 studded with 10 boundaries and two sixes, adding 122 for the second wicket with Ahmed Shehzad who made 39.World XI skipper Faf du Plessis, who sentPakistaninto bat, hailed the return of cricket to the South Asian nation."It's not about ourselves, great to see we can play a small part in bringing cricket back toPakistan. There are no egos involved," said du Plessis.The second and third matches are also in Lahore on Wednesday and Thursday.The series, only the second international inPakistansince 2009, is part of efforts to revive international cricket in the country.Pakistanalso hosted Zimbabwe in 2015.Pakistanhad 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.Teams:Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Sohail Khan, Fahim Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Rumman RaeesWorld 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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