- Pakistan played their first-ever cricket match on Indian soil in a historic warm-up encounter against New Zealand
- This warm-up match holds considerable importance for Pakistan as it sets the tone for their performance in the upcoming World Cup.
- An update on Pakistan’s batting performance
In a historic moment, the Pakistan cricket team embarked on their first-ever match on Indian soil, taking on New Zealand in the warm-up encounter. The stage was set at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, albeit with a twist—this match was played behind closed doors due to security concerns.
This warm-up clash holds significant importance for Pakistan as it sets the tone for their campaign in the upcoming World Cup. Following a disappointing loss in the Asia Cup, Pakistan is eager to bounce back and regain their winning form. With several Pakistani players having never set foot on Indian soil before, assessing the ground conditions becomes paramount.
Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat first. However, the initial opening partnership between Imam ul Haq and Abdullah Shafique raised some concerns. Nevertheless, Pakistan managed to post a formidable total, edging closer to the 350-run mark.
A standout performance came from Mohammad Rizwan, who crafted a magnificent century, scoring 103 runs.
Additionally, Babar Azam and Saud Shakeel exhibited excellent form, both contributing with half-centuries. The captain, showcased his class and touch with the bat, amassing 80 runs while playing a abundance of perfect shots.
This warm-up match not only signifies a crucial step for Pakistan on Indian soil but also serves as a barometer for their preparations ahead of the World Cup. The team’s determination and ability to adapt to new conditions will be on full display.