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New Zealand’s Rachin Ravindra (centre) plays a shot during a warm-up match against Pakistan ahead of the ICC Men’s World Cup in Hyderabad on Friday. Image Credit: AFP

Thiruvananthapuram: Kane Williamson showed no signs of discomfort in his knee as New Zealand geared up for the Cricket World Cup with a thumping five-wicket win over Pakistan in a high-scoring warm-up match on Friday.

Williamson made a sublime 54 off 50 balls in New Zealand’s successful chase of 346-5, but the Kiwis’ skipper will miss the World Cup opener against England next Thursday as he continues his rehabilitation from knee surgery.

Daryl Mitchel (59) and Mark Chapman (65 not out) had half centuries, but it was Rachin Ravindra who tormented the Pakistan bowlers after his surprising promotion as opener on a wicket tailor-made for batters.

Second-string attack

The left-handed Ravindra made a blistering 97 off 72 balls with 16 fours and a six against a second-string Pakistan attack that rested their premier fast bowler Shaheen Afridi and leg-spinner Shadab Khan.

Ravindra and Williamson combined in a match-winning 179-run second-wicket stand after Devon Conway was caught out at midwicket off the first ball he faced from Hasan Ali, who is making a comeback to the Pakistan ODI team after more than a year.

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Pakistan players celebrate the wicket of New Zealand opener Rachin Ravindra. Image Credit: AFP

Williamson retired out soon after completing his half century, which included eight boundaries, but Mitchel and Chapman continued to score at a rapid pace as New Zealand wiped out the target with more than six overs to spare.

“It’s great to get through with some batting in the middle, which is really nice,” Williamson said. “It wasn’t a reality five months ago, was fortunate with the recovery and nice to be named in the squad … went pretty well and nice to build on that.”

Rizwan scores century

Williamson, who didn’t field on Monday, is expected to take the field and bat in the next warm-up game against South Africa.

Williamson injured his knee during the opening game of this year’s Indian Premier League and had surgery. He was with the team in England during the white-ball series, while continuing his rehabilitation for the World Cup.

Earlier, Mohammad Rizwan scored 103 and captain Babar Azam made 80 off 84 balls as Pakistan racked up 345-5 as the game was briefly disrupted by rain.

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam plays a shot against New Zealand. Image Credit: Source: Pakistan Twitter

Rizwan and Babar shared a 114-run stand after openers Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique couldn’t make their mark and were dismissed early. Left-handed batter Saud Shakeel staked his claim in the middle-order with 75 off 53 balls as Pakistan accelerated well in the end and made 107 runs in the last 10 overs.

Convincing win for Bangladesh

In Guwahati, Bangladesh’s Tanzid Hasan (84), stand-in captain Mehidy Hasan Miraz (67 not out) and Liton Das (61) scored half centuries in a convincing seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh raced to 264-3 in 42 overs as they dominated Sri Lanka’s young spin sensation Dunith Wellalage (1-57) in a convincing chase.

Earlier, Sri Lanka’s opening batter Pathum Nissanka (68) and Dhananjaya de Silva (55) scored half centuries before the team got bowled out for 263 in 49.1 overs. Off-spinners Mahedi Hasan (3-36) and Miraz (1-32) tuned up for the mega event with impressive figures.

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Stand-in Bangladesh captain Mehidy Hasan Miraz plays a cover drive during his unbeaten 67 against Sri Lanka. Image Credit: AFP

Rain dashes hopes

In Thiruvananthapuram, South Africa’s warm-up game against Afghanistan was washed out because of heavy rain.

Both teams were confined to their hotels before umpires called off the game at 3:45pm because of steady rain and a wet outfield.

South Africa are scheduled to play another warm-up game against New Zealand on Monday while Afghanistan will meet Sri Lanka on Tuesday. The World Cup begins in Ahmedabad on Thursday with the opening game between New Zealand and England.