Pakistan on Tuesday defeated World XI by 20 runs in the first T20 match of the Independence Cup and took the lead 1-0 of the three match series.
Chasing 198 runs, World XI managed to score 177 runs with the loss of seven wickets. Sohail Khan, Rumman Raees and Shadab Khan took two wickets each.
Babar Azam, who declared Man of the match, remained the top-scorer with a 52-ball 86 studded with 10 boundaries and two sixes, adding 122 for the second wicket with Ahmed Shehzad who made 39.
Sohail Khan, Rumman Raees and Shadab Khan claimed two wickets apiece.
Hashim Amla and Tamim Iqbal had steadily kicked off the innings against Pakistan. Both the batsmen challenged the home side’s bowling attack effectively before the entry of Raees.
Earlier, Faf du Plesis won the toss and elected to bowl first against Pakistan.
Speaking after the toss, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed said the team wanted to bat first and are looking forward to an exciting match.
Captain of World XI, Faf du Plesis, referred to the match, as a ‘historic moment’, adding that he is honoured to lead Word XI and playing the match will be a new experience for all the visiting side.