On Friday, New Zealand squared off against Pakistan at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal in the 2nd match of the ICC Men’s World Cup Warm-Up Games 2023. The day commenced with Pakistan winning the toss and opting to bat first.
Pakistan posted a formidable total of 345 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their allotted 50 overs. The standout performances for Pakistan came from Mohammad Rizwan, who played a scintillating knock of 103 runs off 94 deliveries, and Saud Shakeel, who contributed with a brilliant 75 runs off 53 balls. Babar Azam (80 off 84) also made a significant contribution to the total. Among the bowlers, Mitchell Santner stood out for New Zealand, claiming 2 wickets for 39 runs in his 8-over spell.
New Zealand Innings:
New Zealand showcased their batting prowess, successfully chasing down the target of 346 runs with 5 wickets in hand. Rachin Ravindra played a sensational knock, scoring 97 runs off 72 deliveries, narrowly missing out on a century. Mark Chapman (65 runs) and Daryl Mitchell (59 runs) provided crucial support.
Captain Kane Williamson too shined will the willow on his return in professional cricket, scoring 54 runs from 50 deliveries.
For Pakistan, Usama Mir was the most successful bowler, taking 2 wickets for 68 runs in his 10-over spell.
New Zealand emerged victorious by 5 wickets, demonstrating their batting strength and composure under pressure. This warm-up match has set the stage for an exciting ICC Mens World Cup 2023, with both teams preparing for the main event with determination and skill.
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) September 29, 2023
Cricket enthusiasts worldwide eagerly await the tournament’s commencement, where teams will strive for glory on the global stage, and this match has provided a glimpse of the thrilling cricketing action to come.