New Zealand will be up against Pakistan in the third warm-up match of the ICC Cricket World Cup at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on September 29. New Zealand were not having a good time in this format when they decided This is going to be an important match for both these teams, getting acclimatised to the situations for the World Cup.
New Zealand had squared off against Bangladesh in their last match, where Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat. Will Young and Adam Milne both had a standout performance with the bat and the ball. Young led New Zealand to 175-3 by hitting 70 off 80 balls. The hosts were limited to 171 in 34.3 overs by Milne’s 4-34. Najmul Hossain, the stand-in skipper for Bangladesh, scored the most runs with 76 but was unable to give the hosts a competitive total due to a lack of assistance at the other end after choosing to bat first. New Zealand had an easy win by seven wickets.
Pakistan had played against Sri Lanka in their last match, where Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat. Pakistan lost a wicket early but had a fantastic second-wicket partnership as well. Half-centuries from Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Rizwan propelled Pakistan towards a better position than they were in and garnered a total of 252 runs on the board. Sri Lanka were brilliant right from the start, and it seemed an easy win for Sri Lanka, but the twists were left for the end. They kept losing wickets towards the end but somehow were able to keep their calm and won the match by just two wickets.