Zimbabwean player greets Shahid Afridi on winning first T20.

PESHAWAR, 23 May: Pakistan cricket team has beaten Zimbabwe by five wickets in the first T20 in Lahore—the first international match played in Pakistan since 2009 when visiting Sri Lankan team was attacked by terrorists in the same city.

Played at the Qaddafi Stadium, Zimbabwe elected to bat after winning the toss and scored 172 losing six wickets. Pakistan achieved the target in the last over with five wickets in hand.

Pakistan’s Mukhtar Ahmed playing impressively scored 83, followed by Ahmed Shahzad’s 55. Muhammad Sami took three wickets while Wahab Riaz two.

President Mamnoon Hussain was also present in the stadium to watch the match. Strict security measures were put in place to avert any untoward situation. Rangers, Elite Force and Police were deployed on both sides of the stadium.

Both the team will again face each other tomorrow at the same stadium to play the second T20 match.

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