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Zimbabwe embarrass Sri Lanka in warm-up

Published:Thursday | February 12, 2015 | 12:00 AM


New Zealand had a resounding win over South Africa, while Sri Lanka were beaten by Zimbabwe in surprising results from two of yesterday's four Cricket World Cup warm-up matches.

Elsewhere, Pakistan beat England by four wickets in Sydney, and Australia had an easy win over the United Arab Emirates in Melbourne.

Cup co-host New Zealand continued their impressive recent form by beating favoured South Africa by 134 runs in Christchurch. Brendon McCullum made 59 and Kane Williamson 66 as New Zealand scored 331-8 in 50 overs, before bowling out South Africa for 197.

Sri Lanka's confidence took a big hit when Zimbabwe surpassed their total of 281-3 in only 45.2 overs, led by Hamilton Masakadza's unbeaten 117 from 119 balls in Lincoln, New Zealand. Sri Lanka open the tournament against New Zealand on Saturday in Christchurch.

Michael Clarke returned from hamstring surgery to captain Australia and top-score against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with 64 runs as the hosts, winning the toss, won by 188 runs. Australia made 304-8 before restricting the UAE to 116 in 30.1 overs.

At the Sydney Cricket Ground, Misbah-ul-Haq scored an unbeaten 91 as Pakistan beat England.

England won the toss and totalled 250-8, with Joe Root making 85 and Gary Ballance adding 57. But Pakistan reached 252-6 with seven balls to spare.

Pakistan, just behind England in the one-day rankings, open their World Cup campaign on Sunday in Adelaide against neighbours and chief rivals India.

Dimuth Karunaratne top-scored with 58 in Sri Lanka's 279-8 after winning the toss against Zimbabwe. Jeevan Mendis made 51 and Mahela Jayawardene and Lahiru Thirimanne both made 30, but none of the top-order batsmen were able to go on and make a big score.

New Zealand were also emphatic in their win over South Africa, which play their first match on Sunday against Zimbabwe in Hamilton. The innings of McCullum and Williamson, with support from Ross Taylor (41), Martin Guptill (26) and Grant Elliott (24), set a strong platform for the Black Caps.

South Africa were in trouble at 62-6 with captain AB de Villiers - returning after a right-hip injury - out for 24. JP Duminy made 80 from 98 balls and Vernon Philander 57 from 84 balls, but their slow partnership left South Africa with little chance of running down New Zealand's total.