In the first T20 International, Pakistan nicked a strong victory over the World XI by 20 runs. There was a batting blitz off Pakistan dominating the pitch. The team scored 197 runs to challenge the World XI. It was only the early wicket of Fakhar Zaman that came out as a slog for Pakistan. It was only feat for the World XI the team faced the 122-run partnership between Babar Azam and Ahmed Shahzad. Forging a strong foundation, the score was reinforced with the ending partnership of 48 runs off Shoaib Malik and Imad Wasim. Azam came out as the big scorer in the match with his blitzkrieg of 86 runs off 52 balls. He played until the sixteenth over hauling the score to 142. The Mallik and Wasim attacking the XI in the last three overs was an excellent show up of Pakistan's dominance in batting.
Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir spearheaded the bowling attack. However, they came out as futile bets against Pakistan. While on the chase Tamim Iqbal and Hashim Amla produced quick runs as the openers. It was Rumman Raees who toppled both the wickets in the fifth over slogging the chase to 48 for 2. Faf du Plessis steered the inning with momentum. But his 22 off a single over was the only strong contribution. The rest of the players could not strive on the wickets with paltry contribution. The chase derailed after the 13th over with no partnerships. Darren Sami plundered 29 off 16 balls batting as the eighth batsman down the line. But his strike could not help the XI to win leaving the chase stranded at 177.
Pakistan's win came up for their high target. It was the bowlers of World XI who failed to restrict the flow of runs. Ben Cutting, Thisara Perera and Darren Sammy leaked good runs. Pakistan batsmen feasted on the bouncy pitch with easy strikes and boundaries. Imran Tahir bowled with great flight giving out 34 runs in his four overs. With the win, Pakistan is on lead in the three-match series by 1-0.
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