CWC 2023: 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.

CWC 2023: Pakistan v New Zealand: Babar’s Brilliance Sets the Tone in warm up

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

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

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

Babar failed to get his century, but Rizwan did and he left the pitch. A difficult objective of 346 was set for the Blackcaps by Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman, and Iftikhar Ahmed near the finish.

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 delivery of Hasan Ali. Due to this early defeat, the Kiwi batsmen were under pressure to create 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 up a crucial century partnership.

Ravindra pitched a solid innings, scoring 97 runs, barely 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 departing 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 almost to victory.

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

CWC 2023: Sri Lanka v Bangladesh: Tigers tame Sri Lanka in warm up

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, though, was forced to retire hurt in the tenth over, and the Bangladeshi spinners then started to encircle the Sri Lankan hitters.

The only Sri Lankan batsman to offer some opposition 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 each 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 undefeated 67 off 64 balls helped Bangladesh win easily in the 42nd over of the chase.

CWC 2023: South Africa v Afghanistan: Rain plays spoilsport in Thiruvananthapuram in warm up

In Thiruvananthapuram, South Africa was scheduled to play Afghanistan in the third pregame match of CWC 2023 in warm up. 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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