Lahore, May 30: Two persons were killed in a blast near the Gaddafi Stadium here on Friday night. The second one-day international match between the two sides was underway when the blast occurred. Sub-Inspector Abdul Majeed and a civilian named Rizwan were killed in the explosion, police said. [Blast was caused by suicide bomb attack, says Pak minister]
Geo News channel reported that two blasts took place after power transformers close to the stadium exploded. [Visit Pak, it's safe, Zimbabwe Cricket chairman assures international sides]
"An auto rickshaw and three motorcycles were damaged in the blasts and two policemen were slightly injured," a witness said.
"Senior police officials have said the blasts happened a distance away from the stadium near Kalma Chowk," he said.
The day and night match continued uninterrupted even after the blasts.
The Pakistan Cricket Board and the Punjab government have made elaborate security arrangements for the touring Zimbabwe team with hundreds of policemen, intelligence officers and commandos on duty at the Gaddafi stadium as part of the security cordon.
Pa is hosting a series first time since 2009 when Lankan players were targetted
Last night witnessed another full house for the match as the series -- the first in Pakistan in six years - has prompted a wave of celebrations in the cricket-loving country.