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Women’s World Cup: Pakistan beat NZ in a warm-up fixture

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LINCOLN: Half-centuries from Aliya Riaz and Nida Dar handed Pakistan a four-wicket win over hosts New Zealand in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup warm-up at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln.

Aliya smashed unbeaten 62 off 52 (eight fours) and Nida struck 54 off 59 (four fours) as the two contributed crucial 99 runs for the sixth wicket after Pakistan found themselves in a spot of bother with five wickets down for 119, chasing 230.

The other notable performances with the bat came from opener Sidra Amin (34 off 47), Omaima Sohail (31 off 34), and captain Bismah Maroof (28 off 58).

Left-arm orthodox Nashra Sandhu accounted for four White Ferns batters as she returned four for 32 in 10 overs and Fatima Sana and Ghulam Fatima picked up two wickets each after Bismah chose to field after calling the toss right.

New Zealand were bowled out for 229 in 45 overs.

Pakistan will play their second and final warm-up against Bangladesh on March 2, before they fly to Tauranga, where they will open their World Cup campaign on March 6 with the match against India. 

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