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The second twenty-20 of the series between Pakistan and Zimbabwe will be played today at Gaddafi stadium Lahore.

In yesterday's historic twenty-20, marking the revival of international cricket in Pakistan after six years, the host beat the visitors by five wickets at the jam packed Gaddafi stadium. Batting first after winning the toss Zimbabwe scored 172 runs for the loss of six wickets in allotted 20 over's. Hamilton Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda shared 58 runs for opening wicket stand for Zimbabwe. But fast bowler Mohammad Sami struck twice in the seventh over. Masakadza made 43 before Sami clean bowled him while Sibanda made 13. Wahab Riaz got the wicket of Charles Coventry who made 14 runs. Elton Chigumbura remained top scorer for Zimbabwe with 54 runs knock. He smashed eight boundaries and one six in his innings. Seam Williams made 16 while Sikandar Raza hit 17 runs. For Pakistan, Mohammad Sami bagged three while Wahab Riaz took two wickets. Shoaib Malik also got one wicket. In reply, Mukhtar Ahmed played a superb knock as Pakistan achieved the 173-run target in 19.3 over's for the loss of five wickets. Opener Mukhtar Ahmed and Ahmed Shehzad shared 142 runs for the first wicket stand in 13 over's. Opener Mukhtar Ahmed hit his maiden half century during his rapid 45-ball 83. Mukhtar Ahmed smashed 12 boundaries and three sixes in his brilliant innings. Ahmed Shehzad hit 55 runs with the help of six boundaries and one six. A capacity crowd of 27,000 packed the Gaddafi stadium for the first international match in Pakistan in six years, and was entertained by ahmed, who hit 12 fours and three sixes. The home side did wobble slightly towards the end, losing five wickets for 27 runs but managed to edge over the finish line in the final over. For Zimbabwe, Greame Cremer took two wickets. Mukhtar Ahmed declared man of the match for his sparkling innings.

 

Rafael Nadal could face world number one Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals of the French open tennis tournament after draw handed him the toughest of routes to a possible 10th title.

The Spaniard would then face a potential semi-final against third seed Andy Murray and a final against 17-times grand slam champion Roger Federer. World number one Djokovic will probably be less than happy about the prospect of facing Nadal in the quarter-finals as he bids to win the only major title to elude. Murray begins against a qualifier and has a possible quarter-final clash against seventh seed David Ferrer of Spain. Second seed Roger Federer, chasing his first grand slam title since 2012, takes on a qualifier in the first round and could face Frenchman Gael Monfils in the last eight. In the women's draw, holder Maria Sharapova of Russia will face Estonian Kaia Kanepi in the first round and possibly former runner-up Samantha Stosur of Australia in the third. World number one Serena Williams, who takes on a qualifier in the first round, has a possible third-round encounter against Belarussian Victoria Azarenka, a former world number one.

 
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