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Pakistan gets World Cup boost with warm-up win

SYDNEY: Pakistan warmed up for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 with an impressive three wickets win against Bangladesh at Blacktown in Sydney on Monday

Lanky paceman Irfan brought Pakistan back with 5-52, his last three wickets coming in the slog overs to restrict Bangladesh to 246 all out.

Pakistan owed their chase to Sohaib Maqsood who made a brilliant 93 not out to help his team overhaul the target in the 48.1 overs.

Maqsood hit nine boundaries and two sixes during his 90-ball knock and added 51 for the fourth wicket with Haris Sohail (39) and another 63 for the fifth with Umar Akmal who also made 39.

Pakistan play England in their second warm-up game on Wednesday before taking on title-holders India in their first ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 game in Adelaide on Sunday.

Bangladesh open their campaign with a match against minnows Afghanistan in Canberra on February 18