Openers power Pakistan XI to victory
Pakistan XI 131 for 1 (Imran Nazir 69, Razzaq 55*) beat World XI 130 for 9 (Arshad 3-24, Shahid Nazir 2-12) by nine wickets
A convincing display with both bat and ball helped the ICL Pakistan XI pull off a comfortable win over the ICL World XI in their opening game of the tournament in Hyderabad.
World XI had outclassed their Indian counterparts on Wednesday, but Pakistan XI turned out to be a much tougher opponents. Chris Cairns, the World XI captain, chose to bat, and openers Matthew Elliott and Ian Harvey got their side off to a brisk start.
But once the first wicket fell with the score at 41, Pakistan XI managed to pick up another two for the addition of six runs. In the 14th over half the World XI side had been dismissed with just 80 on board, with offspinner Arshad Khan taking three wickets in his four overs, Shahid Nazir picking the other two.
Lou Vincent and Russel Arnold put on a 32-run stand before Abdul Razzaq struck off the final two deliveries of the 17th over. Naved-ul-Hasan scalped two lower-order wickets as World XI were restricted to 130 in their 20 overs.
The Pakistan XI openers then put the match in the bag with a commanding 119-run partnership. Imran Nazir scored 69 off 62, including eight fours and a six, before throwing away his wicket in sight of victory to the part-time bowling of Elliott. Razzaq remained unbeaten on 55 off 42, with three fours and three sixes, as Pakistan XI romped to a nine-wicket win, the second in a row for the side batting second.