Pakistan and Sri Lanka both won on the opening day of the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend T20 cricket tournament at King City, Ontario. Pakistan beat hosts Canada by 35 runs, after Sri Lanka opened the event with a 5 wicket win over Zimbabwe.
Wicketkeeper Tatenda Taibu was the backbone of Zimbwe's 106 for 8 in 17 overs; the match being reduced to 17 overs due to a damp outfield. He made 45 not out off 47 balls. Sri Lankan openers Tillakaratne Dilshan, 33 runs from 37 balls, and Mahlea Udawatte, 25 runs from 15 balls, made a good start, but spinner Ray Price hit back with 2 wickets for a mere 9 runs in 4 overs. But a minor slump ended with a sound, unbroken partnership for the sixth wicket that saw Sri Lanka to victory with one over to spare.
Salman Butt lead the way for Pakistan, striking 74 runs from 56 balls (6 x 4's, 3 x 6's) against Canada. Younis Khan, 13, and Miabah-ul-Haq, 17, gave support as Pakistan reached 137 for 7 in 20 overs. Harvir Baidwan took 3 wickets for 15 runs in 3 overs and Umar Bhatti 3 for 23 in 4 overs.
Rizwan Cheema continued a good run in international cricket, scoring 35, joining with Ramesh David to add 52 for the third wicket. David was out for 17 and Cheema's innings ended to leave Canada 71 for 5 wickets. Sunil Dhaniram notched 17 runs, but Canada was unable to overcome the Pakistani bowlers top flight experience and lost by 35 runs.