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Babar Azam shines as Pakistan beat World XI

Last updated on: September 13, 2017 09:12 IST


IMAGE: Pakistan players celebrate. Photograph: PCB/Twitter

Pakistan beat World XI by 20 runs to go 1-0 up in the three-match series, at Gaddafi stadium, in Lahore, on Tuesday.

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Pakistan, sent into bat by the World XI, hit 197-5 as the nation celebrated the return of international cricket under massive security.


Faf du Plessis

IMAGE: World XI players. Photograph: PCB/Twitter

In reply, Faf du Plessis’s men lost wickets at crucial intervals and could only manage 177/7.

Babar Azam

IMAGE: Babar Azam. Photograph: PCB/Twitter

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 sent Pakistan into bat, hailed the return of cricket to the South Asian nation.