Pakistan v Zimbabwe: Security high for international cricket return

Pakistan batsman Umar Skmal
Pakistan reached 142-0 before a late collapse almost cost them victory
First Twenty20 international, Lahore:
Pakistan 173-5 (19.3 overs): Mukhtar Ahmed 83
Zimbabwe 172-6 (20 overs): Chigumbura 54, Mohammad Sami 3-36
Pakistan won by five wickets
Scorecard

Thousands of police and paramilitaries were on hand for Pakistan's nervy win in their first home full international fixture since a terror attack in 2009.

Pakistan moved to within 30 runs of Zimbabwe's total of 172 without losing a wicket, before a batting collapse almost cost them the Twenty20 match.

Skipper Shahid Afridi hit his first ball for four to give his side victory with three balls to spare in Lahore.

Gunmen attacked buses carrying the Sri Lanka team in the city six years ago.

Beforehand, fans waited at the Gaddafi Stadium in temperatures of 43 degrees Celsius and faced frequent security checks.

Both teams arrived at the stadium in a fleet of vans carrying armed guards.

Dozens of CCTV cameras were installed in the surroundings of Nishtar Park, where the Gaddafi Stadium is located.

Tickets for both Friday's and Sunday's T20s in Lahore were sold out within two days, and the teams will also play three one-day internationals at the venue next week.

High security in Lahore
Security was heavily increased as international cricket returned to the Gaddafi Stadium
Helicopters at the Gaddafi Stadium
Security helicopters maintained a watchful presence
The Zimbabwe team meets Pakistan president Mamnoon Hussain
Pakistan president Mamnoon Hussain greets the Zimbabwe team
Pakistan supporters at the Twenty20 international with Zimbabwe
Spectators were subjected to stringent security measures before entering the Gaddafi Stadium

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