England, South Africa, Pakistan and Zimbabwe had a goo outing in the ICC World Cup warm-up matches that are taking place in Australia and New Zealand. Here are the brief reports of those matches. 

At Sydney (SCG): England vs West Indies

England got the better of West Indies by 9 wickets in their first warm up game at the SCG, Sydney. England, who finished runners up in the recently concluded Carlton-Mid ODI series involving India and Australia were asked to field in conditions that suits seam bowling. But it helped the Poms as Chris Woakes drew the first blood as he dismissed Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo off successive balls in the very first over of the match. The twin dismissals dented Windies’ hopes of scoring big. Wickets fell at regular intervals as Windies were reduced to 122 all-out with Chris Woakes picking up five wickets for 19 runs. England started the chase off at a brisk pace as Moeen Ali with a 43 ball 46 set the tone as Ian Bell and James Taylor backed that with some contributions. Ali was named the player of the match.

At Christchurch: Sri Lanka vs South Africa

South Africa, who have a history of getting knocked out of big tournaments in a bizarre fashion tasted it once again as the Duckworth-Lewis method as they were given a huge task of chasing 188 runs in 25 overs after the rain interrupted Sri Lankan innings mid-way through the 45th over when the Lions were soon 279-7 courtesy a fluent century from Tillakaratne Dilshan and a defiant 58 from skipper Angelo Mathews. In reply, South Africa came out all guns blazing as openers De Kock and Hashim Amla put on 116 runs in the 15 overs before both De Kock and Amla departed in a space of 5 balls before the batsmen following them pitched in with some crucial contributions and took the Proteas home by 5 wickets with 3 balls to spare.

At Sydney (Olympic Park): Pakistan vs Bangladesh

Pakistan almost survived a scare as they lost some crucial wickets inn a chase of 247 against Bangladesh at the Olympic Park Oval, Sydney. But Sohaib Maqsood remained defiant and sealed his place in the playing XI by scoring a 90 ball 93 along with some solid contributions from Umar Akmal, Harris Sohail and Shahid Afridi. Choosing to bat, Bangladesh scored 246 runs courtesy splendid knocks from Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah. Mohammad Irfan cleaned up the tail as he picked up five wickets including 4 wickets in his last seven balls. Pacer Sohail Khan leaving the field due to injury should worry the Pakistanis, who are already hit by injuries to their main players.

At Lincon: New Zealand vs Zimbabwe

Rain interrupted the match between New Zealand and Zimbabwe at a stage when the kiwis were reeling in a spot of bother at 157-7 in 30 overs. Martin Guptill stood tall among the other batsmen as he scored 100 of those 157 runs and the rest eight batsmen including extras managed only 57 put together. Tinashe Panyangara and Elton Chigumbura took two wickets apiece.



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