There were contrasting fates for two perennial rivals at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday as Pakistan warmed up with a six-wicket victory against New Zealand and India's batting stumbled to suffer a five-run defeat against Sri Lanka in the second practice match of the day.
In the first match, hard-hitting New Zealand batsman Colin Munro perfectly executed a reverse-sweep over the cover boundary for a six, facing the first delivery against Pakistan left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar and then accurately practised a switch-hit over the cover fence against champion spinner Saeed Ajmal.
The shots were nice to watch, and a few well-measured innings had the final say as Pakistan overtook the Kiwis' total of 145 with one ball to spare, thanks to Kamran Akmal (52) and captain Mohammad Hafeez (55).
Earlier, New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum led front the front with an unbeaten 59 off 45 balls to give his team a decent total to defend.
In the second game, pacer Lasith Malinga's four wickets helped Sri Lanka contain the Indians. India were bundled out for 148 runs in reply to Sri Lanka's 153 which they achieved through some lower-order contributions.