Pakistan All Star XI v International World XI, 1st T20, Karachi October 20, 2012

Pakistan XI thrash International XI at packed National Stadium

ESPNcricinfo staff

In the end, it didn't matter that this match had no official sanction. Try telling that to the tens of thousands of people who thronged the National Stadium in Karachi. In the end, what counted was that an international XI, no matter how ragtag and rusty it was, had set foot on Pakistan soil, and had safely played a game of cricket. A game, such as this, had not been played for close to four years in a nation where following for that game frequently crosses the line between passionate and fanatical. For the record, Pakistan All Star XI demolished International World XI who were led by the 43-year old Sanath Jayasuriya.

Young batsmen Umar Akmal and Shahzaib Hasan made half-centuries at frenetic pace and were backed by handy contributions from the rest. Pakistan XI were set on their way by the pair of Shahzaib and Imran Nazir, who put on 83 by the time the field restrictions were lifted, at nearly 14 an over. The International XI fielders showed they were short on match practice by dropping numerous catches and fielding poorly on a ground where the ropes had been pulled in. Shahzaib was the first to fall for 54 off just 21 deliveries, which included six fours and four sixes.

Akmal, coming in at No. 5, soon took over and blitzed ten boundaries on his way to an unbeaten 67 off 37 as Pakistan XI zoomed to 222 for 7. Thandi Tshabalala, the South Africa offspinner, picked up 3 for 20 while Shapoor Zadran, the Afghanistan fast bowler, took 2 for 38.

Jayasuriya hit a six and a four in the first over of the chase but fell of its last delivery, caught by his counterpart Shahid Afridi. Facing such a tall target, International XI kept losing wickets regularly, and fast bowler Tabish Khan soon dealt the decisive blows. He bowled Ricardo Powell, Jermaine Lawson and Tshabalala off successive deliveries to take a hat-trick and reduce International XI to 52 for 6 in the seventh over.

Zadran stuck around to make 42 along with Loots Bosman, who batted low at No. 9 due to an injury and remained unbeaten on 27. Pakistan used everyone but wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed as bowlers. Afridi, who had lasted seven balls with the bat to club three boundaries, had Zadran stumped off the final delivery of the match as International XI managed 138 for 8.

The second and final game in the series will be played tomorrow at the same venue.

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  • Dummy4 on October 21, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    Welcome international players. Your names will be written in history of Pakistan cricket as the bravest of men to defy fear for reviving cricket in this part of the world.

  • Muhmmad on October 21, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    It was amazing to see more than 30000 people in the ground and some of them were also holiding sri lanka's flag thanks to everyone for supporting us specially to Lankans love you guys.

  • Smith on October 21, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Your grammar is difficult to understand lol but I can see that word 'record' funny your old players cannot even boost up their 'records' against a weak team like Bangladesh anymore :)

  • uzma on October 21, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    it would have been nice for the home crowd to have seen there speed star rawal pindi express steaming in front of them. any way nice to have seen the likes of umar akmal and asad shafiq to have played first time infront of there home crowd.

  • david on October 21, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    @rajesh-india1990 look at the head to head win/loss ratio btwn pakistan and india in all 3 format of cricket you will stop laughing

  • Dummy4 on October 21, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Thank you Sri Lankans, south Africans and West indians specially and to everyone whoe supported Us .. love u all

  • Dummy4 on October 21, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    So, here are my two cents. India and Indians should support revival of cricket in Pakistan. It is good for both countries. India should seek a good prosperous and peaceful neighbor. Don't try to turn into a war ravaged African part of the World. So, to all Indians and Pakistanis, my request is to stop spewing hatred and venom if you like to be considered civilized and cultured counties and want to have some respect in rest of the World.

  • Adnan on October 21, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    It would have sent a very positive image across the world, had PCB backed and sanctioned this tour. Nonetheless, it was a good effort from Dr. Shah. Thank you world XI, thank you Sanath.

  • muhammad on October 21, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    To all my Pakistani Cricket Lovers: It is good to see some cricket is played in Pakistan at last but when i saw the list of International World XI (not sure how much money was paid) i was not very hopeful that any current international player will be encouraged to go to Pakistan and play. But good luck and it is at least a start and something is better than nothing.

  • Wicky on October 21, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    @AzAb12754,WELL WHICH TEAM DOESN'T WANT TO BOAST UP THEIR RECORDS?PAK Z NO EXCEPTN,LOLZ.@UPRASHANT,WEL MY COMENT WAS ON LIGHTR NOTE,it has nothng to do with "FTP".thanks alot 4 ur suport though@SINHAYA,I RESPECT UR CONCERN SINCE LIFE Z more important than a sport,bt i am hopful security would go on betr atleast in metropols of pak.lets hope 4 the best

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