London:Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly-led Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) succumbed to a narrow six-run defeat against Pakistanis in a Twenty20 match at the Lord's here on Sunday.
Ganguly (2) failed with the bat, while West Indies legend Brain Lara, who is playing competitive cricket first time since his stint at the rebel Indian Cricket League, managed a 32-ball 37 as chasing 165, MCC were restricted to 159.
Opener Aiden Blizzard's 59-ball 73 was the only bright spot for the MCC, who needed 16 runs off the last over but could manage only eight and lost the match which is part of the MCC's sponsorship of Pakistan's series against Australia under their Spirit of Cricket banner.
Earlier, openers Salman Butt (21) and Shahzaib Hasan (34) set the tone for Pakistan, while Umar Akmal fired a 30-ball 51 as they posted a challenging 165 for five after electing to bat first.
Shoaib Akhtar (2/19) and Umar Gul (2/35) then bowled some wonderful spells to contribute to the team's win.
Chasing 166 to win, MCC lost John Simpson (4) in the third over but Blizzard shared 94-run second-wicket stand with Lara (37).
The partnership came to an end when Gul removed Lara in the 13th over and then skipper Ganguly (2) lasted just five balls before felling prey to the same bowler.
Blizzard added 37 runs with Ian Harvey but with the latter perishing in the last ball of the 19th over, MCC needed 16 runs in the last over, which they couldn't manage.
Pakistan: 165 for 5 in 20 overs (Umar Akmal 50; Chris Harris 3/26).
MCC: 159 for 5 in 20 overs (Aiden Blizzard 73; Shoaib Aktar 2/19, Umar Gul (2/35).