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With the majority of teams arriving in India for the ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2023, the warm-up matches commenced on Friday, Teams like New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh have played their first of two warm-up fixtures ahead of the World Cup. Team India will play their first warm-up game today while the points table for the Men's Cricket event group stage at the Asian Games 2023 has started taking shape after six matches.

Before we talk about Friday's cricketing action, take a look at today's match preview:

India vs England: ODI World Cup 2023 hosts India will square off against the defending champions, England in Guwahati on Saturday. The warm-up match ahead of the World Cup will take place at 02:00 p.m. IST at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium.

Australia vs Netherlands: Pat Cummins-led Australia are scheduled to face the Netherlands in their first warm-up fixture ahead of the World Cup 2023. The warm-up match between the Aussies and the Dutch side will take place at the Greenfield Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday at 02:00 p.m. IST.

In this article, we will discuss the major cricket events that took place on Friday, September 29:

ICC ODI World Cup 2023: Warm-Up matches

Pakistan vs New Zealand: The 2019 World Cup runners-up, New Zealand defeated Pakistan by five wickets with 38 balls remaining while chasing a huge target of 346 runs. For Pakistan, Mohammad Rizwan (103) scored the most runs before getting retired out followed by skipper Babar Azam (80), and Saud Shakeel (75) to place 345 runs on the board. On the other hand, four Kiwi batters scored a half-century as Rachin Ravindra shined as an opener scoring 97 runs with 16 fours and a six. Mark Champman's unbeaten 65 off 41 helped New Zealand achieve the target in the 44th over.

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Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh: The Asian rivals had a comparatively low-scoring game as Bangladesh defeated Sri Lanka by seven wickets with 48 balls remaining. Batting first, Sri Lanka set a target of 264 runs as Pathum Nissanka scored 68 runs while  Dhananjaya de Silva scored 55 runs. In response, Bangladesh's top three batters scored half-centuries with opener Tanzid Hasan scoring the most runs, 84 off 88.

South Africa vs Afghanistan: The warm-up match between South Africa and Afghanistan took place at the Greenfield Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram and due to heavy rain and thunderstorms, the match was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Asian Games 2023: Men's Cricket

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Singapore vs Thailand: Singapore beat Thailand by 99 runs in their second match of the Asian to claim the second spot in the Group C standings with one loss and a victory in their two matches so far. On the other hand, Thailand have dropped to the bottom after losing their first match of the campaign.

Cambodia vs Hong Kong: Hong Kong thrashed Cambodia on Friday by nine wickets and 85 balls remaining after restricting them to 70 runs in 18.2 overs. Hong Kong's medium pacer Nasrulla Rana was the most successful bowler as he picked up four wickets in his four-over spell and gave away just seven runs.

Virat Kohli’s former club Roshanara gets sealed by Delhi Development Authority

The Indian batting superstar, Virat Kohli’s former club Roshanara has been sealed by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), after the expiry of its lease. Heralded as one of the most iconic places for the sport of cricket in the country, the Roshanara Club is where the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was formed in 1928, nearly a hundred years ago.

Ricky Ponting, Ravi Shastri, Waqar Younis and others named commentators for ODI World Cup 2023

Three-time Men’s Cricket World Cup winner Ricky Ponting, who has held the trophy aloft as skipper twice, will commentate alongside the captain who led England to their first Men’s Cricket World Cup title four years ago, Eoin Morgan.  They will be joined by fellow Cricket World Cup winners, Shane Watson, Lisa Sthalekar, Ramiz Raja, Ravi Shastri, Aaron Finch, Sunil Gavaskar, and Matthew Hayden who all know what it feels like to lift the ultimate prize in one-day cricket.

ODI World Cup 2023: Kane Williamson to miss opener against England

With the ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2023 around the corner, New Zealand face an injury scare as skipper Kane Williamson will miss the opening match of the competition as confirmed by the Kiwi coach, Gary Stead. Stead revealed the decision to rest Williamson was made to keep him fit for a longer period as the 2023 edition will be played in a round-robin format. Williamson, who played only as a batsman, scored a 50 against Pakistan in their warm-up fixture on Friday.

Trent Bridge Pavillion end to be renamed as The Stuart Broad End

Former England pacer Stuart Broad, who announced his retirement from professional cricket following this summer's Ashes, will soon be honoured by the Trent Bridge. Similar to Lancashire honouring legendary James Anderson when they renamed Old Trafford's Pavilion End in his honour in 2017,  Nottinghamshire have chosen to commemorate Broad with the same honour . Broad ended his 16-year career after claiming his 604th Test wicket in 309 innings.