New Zealand defeated Pakistan by five wickets in a World Cup warm-up match. Rachin Ravindra and Kane Williamson played vital innings for New Zealand as they successfully chased down a target of 345 runs. Ravindra scored 97 runs and Williamson contributed 54 runs, forming a partnership of 137 runs. Although Mohammed Rizwan scored a century and Babar Azam made 80 for Pakistan, New Zealand managed to chase down the total comfortably. Williamson, who recently returned from a knee injury, expressed satisfaction with his performance. Ravindra was denied a century but made a significant impact with his 16 fours and one six. Daryl Mitchell also played a crucial role by scoring 59 runs. Mark Chapman and James Neesham provided a partnership of 68 runs to help New Zealand reach the target in 43.4 overs. The match took place in an empty stadium due to security reasons and a Hindu festival. Pakistan’s squad for the World Cup was announced recently, including bowler Hasan Ali and excluding injured pacer Naseem Shah, Faheem Ashraf, and Mohammad Hasnain.
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