LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) Pakistan defeated Zimbabwe by five wickets in the country’s first international match against a major team in six years on Friday in a stadium encircled by police and filled to capacity.The crowd of 27,000 endured frequent security checks to watch Pakistan reach 173-5 in the first Twenty20 international after the visitors had posted a decent 172-6.Fans packed the stadium at least two hours before the Twenty20 between Pakistan and Zimbabwe, the first test-playing team to visit this country since gunmen attacked the Sri Lanka team outside this venue in 2009, bringing all major tours to Pakistan to a halt.Pakistan’s opening batsman Mukhtar Ahmed hit 83 off 45 balls with a dozen fours and three sixes and shared a 142-run first wicket stand with Ahmed Shehzad, who scored 55 off 39 balls.Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain shook hands with both teams before the match started and the president of Zimbabwe Cricket, Wilson Manase, stood next to Hussain for the national anthems.Earlier, in temperatures of 43 degrees Celsius (109 degrees Fahrenheit), fans were delighted to see cricket being played again in the country.”Who cares about this hot weather and at how many places I was checked by the security officials,… Read full this story
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