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World Cup 2023: Pakistan set 346-run target for New Zealand in warm-up match – SUCH TV

World Cup 2023: Pakistan set 346-run target for New Zealand in warm-up match – SUCH TV
  • PublishedSeptember 29, 2023

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An all-round display by the Pakistani batters allowed the Green Shirts to post 345 runs on the scoreboard during the first innings against New Zealand in a warm-up match in Hyderabad, India, on Friday.

Mohammad Rizwan top-scored for his side by scoring an astounding knock of 103 runs off 93 which included 11 boundaries.

Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, was the second top-scorer as he scored 80 off 84 and with 10 boundaries.

Left-handed middle-order batter Saud Shakeel impressed everyone with a solid display with the bat. The 28-year-old contributed to 75 runs with nine boundaries at an impressive strike rate of 141.51.

On the other hand, the Kiwis’ skipper Kane Williamson will only feature as a batter as he continues to recover from a knee injury.

It must be noted that the warm-up matches will consist of 50 overs per side. However, these matches won’t have ODI status because teams will have the flexibility to include all 15 members of their squad in the playing XI.

The game is being held without spectators. This decision came in response to recommendations from local security authorities in Hyderabad, the match’s designated venue, coinciding with ongoing festivals in the area.

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 will take place in India with 10 teams fighting for the elusive title across 10 venues from October 5 to November 19, with the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad hosting the tournament opener and the final.

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