Pakistan skipper and their champion batter Babar Azam flew to Ahmedabad from Hyderabad in a private jet ahead of the captain's event at the Narendra Modi Stadium in the city. After landing in Ahmedabad, the 28-year-old met with his Indian counterpart Rohit Sharma. It's worth noting that Ahmedabad will also host the marquee clash between the two sides.
The Men in Green already got a rousing reception after landing in Hyderabad. The likes of Babar, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Shah Afridi acknowledged the support received in the city. All 10 captains will gather at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad ahead of the showpiece event and address the media in a press conference.
Babar Azam among the runs in the two warm-up matches:
Meanwhile, the 28-year-old scored brisk half-centuries in both World Cup warm-up matches against New Zealand and Australia, posing good signs for Pakistan ahead the main draw. However, the Men in Green ended up on the losing side both times.
Pakistan posted a healthy 345 against the Kiwis, but they chased it down with 38 balls and 5 wickets to spare. With Australia experimenting with David Warner and Steve Smith's bowling after posting 351 on the board, Pakistan's batters were allowed to hit some runs freely.
However, despite half-centuries from Babar, Iftikhar Ahmed, and Mohammad Nawaz, the 1992 World Champions fell 14 runs short. Babar Azam and co. open their campaign against the Netherlands on October 6th in Hyderabad.