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World Cup 2023: New Zealand give chills to Pakistan in their first warm-up match

World Cup 2023: New Zealand give chills to Pakistan in their first warm-up match
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Cricket enthusiasts were treated to a thrilling spectacle as Pakistan and New Zealand locked horns in their first warm-up match at the iconic Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. The contest showcased exceptional batting performances from both teams, leaving fans on the edge of their seats.

Pakistani batters shine in first warm-up match

Pakistan’s batters set the stage on fire with their scintillating display at the crease. Mohammad Rizwan led the charge, crafting a remarkable innings of 103 runs off 94 deliveries. Joining the run-fest, Babar Azam showcased his prowess with a composed 80 off 84 balls, while Saud Shakeel added to the onslaught with a blistering 75 off just 53 deliveries. Pakistan’s total surged to an imposing 345/5, demonstrating their batting prowess and the depth in their lineup.

New Zealand, however, didn’t back down from the challenge when it was their turn to wield the willow. Rachin Ravindra provided a solid start, narrowly missing out on a century with a dazzling 97 off 72 balls. Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell continued to anchor the innings, contributing 54 and 59 runs, respectively. The real surprise came in the form of Mark Chapman, who played a vital role with his explosive 65 off 41 deliveries. New Zealand showed their mettle by chasing down the mammoth target, finishing with 346/5 and sparing just five wickets and 38 balls.

While the match was expected to tilt in Pakistan’s favor considering their formidable batting performance, New Zealand’s relentless and aggressive approach with the bat proved their ability to chase down imposing totals.

In a contest that saw the batsmen dominate, both sides faced challenges with their bowling departments. Mitchell Santner led the way for New Zealand, claiming two wickets, while Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, and James Neesham each managed to pick up one wicket apiece. For Pakistan, Usama Mir shone with two crucial wickets, while Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim, and Salman Ali contributed with a wicket each.

In the end, the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium witnessed a high-scoring thriller that left fans in awe of the batting prowess displayed by both teams, with New Zealand emerging victorious in a contest that showcased the power of modern-day cricket.

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