Mohammad Rizwan scored a sublime fifty while Mohammad Nawaz produced an all-round show to help Pakistan beat India by five wickets in another nail-biter at the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 in Super 4 stage on Sunday. The Pakistan duo shared a crucial 73-run stand in the tricky 182-run chase as the Indian bowlers struggled on a flat Dubai track.
Asif Ali (16) and Khushdil Shah (14*) added the finishing touches to help Pakistan chase down the target with a delivery to spare. The duo had already brought down the equation to 7 off 6 after a massive 19th over in which they plundered 19 runs off Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/40).
And a four off the second delivery of final over all but sealed the fate. However, Arshdeep Singh trapped Asif lbw off the fourth delivery to add a late twist. However, Iftikhar Ahmed drove a low full toss for a couple to wipe off the deficit.
Rizwan continued his purple patch with the bat and ended up as Pakistan’s highest run-scorer once again in the tournament with a 71-run knock. He struck 6 fours and 2 sixes as he played the anchor role which allowed Nawaz to play with a fearless approach.
Nawaz scored quickfire 42 off 20 balls as his innings was laced with 6 fours and 2 sixes. The duo shifted the momentum in Pakistan’s favour in middle-overs.
Ravi Bishnoi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya claimed a wicket each for India but none of the bowlers failed to make any major impact with the ball. Bhuvneshwar leaked 19 runs from the penultimate over which took the game away from India’s reach.