Leicestershire tour of Pakistan April 2, 2005

PCB XI down Leicestershire in Twenty20

Cricinfo staff

Pakistan Cricket Board XI 162 for 7 (Khurram 43, Maddy 3-18) beat Leicestershire 121 for 8 by 41 runs

Shabbir Ahmed: tight opening spell restricted Leicestershire © Getty Images

The PCB XI beat Leicestershire, the English Twenty20 champions, by 41 runs in the first Twenty20 match to be staged in Pakistan. Impressive innings from Khurram Manzoor and Shoaib Khan lifted the PCB XI to 162 for 7 from their 20 overs. Khurram faced just 27 balls for his 43, striking five fours and a six. Darren Maddy, who has had considerable success in the Twenty20 with his skiddy medium pace, was the pick of the attack with 3 for 18.

Leicestershire were never in the hunt for their target, after Shoaib Akhtar and Shabbir Ahmed, an international opening pair, started with tight spells. Shabbir claimed the big wicket of Maddy before Mansoor Amjad, a young offspinner, picked up three middle-order scalps as the pressure mounted. Only John Sadler reached 20, and extras were the top-scorer of the innings with 26, as Leicestershire limped to 121 for 8.