The first day of World Cup warm-ups saw impressive victories by New Zealand and Bangladesh.

The first day of World Cup warm-ups saw impressive victories by New Zealand and Bangladesh.

On the first day of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 warm-up matches, New Zealand successfully chased down 346 against Pakistan in Hyderabad, while Bangladesh successfully ran down Sri Lanka in Guwahati.

The tone is set by Babar’s brilliance in Pakistan vs. New Zealand.

After seven years, Babar Azam won the toss and chose to bat against New Zealand in Pakistan’s first game on Indian soil. Imam-ul-Haq left the field in the third over for just one run, giving Pakistan an early defeat.

However, a promising alliance between Babar Azam and Abdullah Shafique helped to steady the ship. Shafique’s tenure unfortunately came to an end when Mitchell Santner outwitted him, leaving Pakistan at 46-2.

Mohammad Rizwan joined his captain in the middle after the wicket was lost, and the two of them formed an important 114-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

Babar failed to reach his century, but Rizwan did and he left the field. A difficult target of 346 was set for the Blackcaps by Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman, and Iftikhar Ahmed toward the end.

The chase for New Zealand got off to a bad start when Devon Conway was out for a duck in the second over after being caught off the first ball of Hasan Ali. Due to this early setback, the Kiwi batters were under pressure to mount a strong comeback.

After sitting out the first innings, Kane Williamson made a significant comeback with the bat, scoring 54 runs off 50 balls and allaying any doubts about rustiness. Rachin Ravindra, who opened the batting, was his partner, and the two of them put together a crucial century partnership.

Ravindra pitched a solid innings, scoring 97 runs, just shy of his century. Salman Ali Agha was replaced by him after being fired as Pakistan attempted to mount a comeback.

Daryl Mitchell then made a crucial half-century before retiring as well, leaving New Zealand with more than 80 runs still required. Jimmy Neesham and Mark Chapman performed admirably, working together to lead New Zealand very nearly to victory.

In the 44th over, they eventually won by five wickets, with Mark Chapman hitting the game-winning six.

Tigers subdue Sri Lanka against Bangladesh in the match.

In the second exhibition game of the day, Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat. With a scorching start, Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Perera ignited the atmosphere. Perera, however, was forced to retire hurt in the tenth over, and the Bangladeshi spinners then started to encircle the Sri Lankan batters.

The only Sri Lankan batter to offer some resistance was Dhananjaya de Silva, who scored a valiant 55 off 76 balls. Sri Lanka was able to score 263 runs in total.

Bangladesh’s chase got off to a quick start thanks to the opening pair of Tanzid Hasan and Litton Das, who together scored half-centuries while putting together a strong 131-run partnership.

In the 21st over, Mehidy Hasan Miraz entered the battle and further steadied the ship. Mushfiqur Rahim’s assistance and his unbeaten 67 off 64 balls helped Bangladesh win easily in the 42nd over of the chase.

Rain interferes with South Africa vs. Afghanistan in Thiruvananthapuram.

In Thiruvananthapuram, South Africa was scheduled to play Afghanistan in the third pregame match. Even before the coin toss, however, the match had to be called off due to the heavy rain.

On October 2, South Africa will face New Zealand in their second warm-up match, while Afghanistan will play Sri Lanka the following day.

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