After a solid performance with the ball against New Zealand in their first rain-affected warm-up, Zimbabwe stunned Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in their second warm-up at Lincoln.

Chasing a target of 280, Hamilton Masakadza played an 117-run knock and along with useful partnerships with Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams, Zimbabwe chased down the target comfortably with 28 balls to spare. Taylor scored 63 and whereas Williams remained unbeaten on 51. None of the Sri Lankan bowlers was able to make an impact and even the comeback man Lasith Malinga got hit for 46 runs in his 7 overs.

Earlier after electing to bat, riding on the half-centuries from Dimuth Karunaratne and Jeevan Mendis, Sri Lanka propelled to 279 runs in their 50 overs. Sean Williams excelled with the ball also as he picked up 3 wickets in this 10 overs and gave away only 35 runs.

Australia v UAE

Australia continued their good run of form as riding on some good all-round performance, they defeated UAE by 188 runs at MCG.

After electing to bat first, regular skipper Michael Clarke opened the innings with Aaron Finch and the duo put on 123 runs for the first wicket before Finch lost his wicket to Nasir Aziz on the score of 61. Clarke also got out shortly on 64. Steven Smith and George Bailey then carried on from where Clarke and Finch left and helped Australia post 304 in their 50 overs.

In reply, Australian pacers didn’t allow the UAE batsmen to settle and they lost wickets at regular intervals to lose the match by 188 runs. Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Xavier Doherty took two wickets apiece.

Pakistan v England

An unbeaten 91-run knock from skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and a fighting fifty from Umar Akmal proved more than enough for Pakistan as they defeated England by 4 wickets with seven balls to spare in their second warm-up match at SCG. 

Chasing a target of 251, Pakistan lost 4 wickets for just 78 runs before Misbah and Akmal put on 133-run match winning partnership for the fifth wicket to guide their team home. 

Earlier after electing to bat, riding on the half-centuries from Gary Ballance and Joe Root, England posted 250 in their 50 overs. Leggie Yasir Shah was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan as he returned with the figures of 10-1-45-3. 

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