New Zealand defeated Pakistan by five wickets in a World Cup warm-up match. Pakistan batted first and set a target of 346 runs. Mohammed Rizwan scored a century, Babar Azam made 80 runs, and the team reached a total of 345-5. However, New Zealand’s batsmen, led by Rachin Ravindra who scored 97 runs and Kane Williamson with 54 runs, easily achieved the target with 6.2 overs to spare. Williamson, who had been out of play due to a knee injury, looked impressive in his comeback match. Ravindra hit 16 fours and one six, narrowly missing a century. Daryl Mitchell contributed 59 runs to keep the chase on track. Mark Chapman and James Neesham put on a partnership of 68 runs, with Chapman hitting the winning six in his unbeaten 65. The match was played in an empty stadium due to a Hindu festival and security concerns.
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