Australia and Afghanistan have won World Cup warm-up matches.

Australia and Afghanistan have won World Cup warm-up matches.

Australia demonstrated their mettle by defeating Pakistan by 14 runs in a thrilling encounter that set the stage for an action-packed tournament opener, while Afghanistan defeated Sri Lanka.

Australia wins by 14 runs over Pakistan.

Pat Cummins, Australia’s captain, won the toss and chose to bat, a decision that would prove crucial in the end.

David Warner’s explosive start ignited Australia’s innings, as he blazed his way to a scintillating 48 runs off just 33 balls.

Marnus Labuschagne contributed 40 runs with a stylish knock, while Glenn Maxwell’s fireworks lit up the innings with a blazing 77 off 57 deliveries. Cameron Green (50*) and Josh Inglis (48) also contributed crucial runs. Australia’s collective effort resulted in an impressive 351/7 from their 50 overs.

Pakistan began their chase with Fakhar Zaman (22) and Imam-ul-Haq (16) laying the groundwork. Consistent breakthroughs by the Australian bowlers, led by Cummins, kept the game close.

Captain Babar Azam’s brilliance was on full display as he arrived at No.6, scoring 90 runs before retiring. Despite his heroics, Pakistan’s required run rate steadily increased. Pakistan’s hopes were kept alive by Iftikhar Ahmed’s valiant 83 and Mohammad Nawaz’s explosive 50.

Labuschagne, who had already made an impression with the bat, proved to be Australia’s most valuable contributor with the ball. His crucial wickets, combined with Maxwell’s useful off-spin, put pressure on Pakistan’s batting order. Mitchell Marsh was instrumental in Australia’s ability to pin Pakistan down and bowl them out in 47.4 overs.

Afghanistan wins by six wickets over Sri Lanka.

Afghanistan cruised to victory in the other warm-up game, courtesy of a superb century from Rahmanullah Gurbaz (119) and a stylish 93 from Rahmat Shah.

Sri Lanka posted a respectable total of 294 thanks to an excellent 158 from Kusal Mendis, and Gurbaz and Rahmat combined for a 212-run partnership to quickly turn the game in Afghanistan’s favor.

Due to rain, Afghanistan’s victory total was reduced to 257 in 42 overs, and the pair went about their business in style, helping chase down the target with more than three overs remaining.

During his entertaining stay, Gurbaz smashed nine sixes, while Rahmat contributed three as Afghanistan warmed up for the tournament with an impressive victory.

The third warm-up match between India and the Netherlands, scheduled for Tuesday, was called off due to rain.

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