Mohammad Rizwan scored 71 runs in 51 balls, Mohammad Nawaz made a quickfire 42 as Pakistan defeated India by five wickets in the Asia Cup 2022 Super 4 stage at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. 

Pakistan chased India’s 182-run target with one ball to spare. The Rizwan-Nawaz partnership of 73 in just 6.5 overs in the mid-stage of the innings had the Indians napping. They smashed Yuzvendra Chahal (1/43 in 4 overs) and Hardik Pandya (1/44 in 4 overs) to catch up with the rising required run rate. 

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Nawaz was dismissed off Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s bowling and Pandya got rid off Rizwan. However, a 19-run 19th over by Bhuvi and a dropped catch by Arshdeep Singh saw only seven runs needed in the last over. 

In the first innings, India posted 181 for 7. Virat Kohli top-scored for India with 60 off 44 balls, while KL Rahul and captain Rohit Sharma contributed 28 apiece.

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For Pakistan, Shadab Khan picked up two wickets for 31 runs, while Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah and Mohammad Nawaz took a wicket each.

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 “The whole world is watching this match. This game is as valuable as a final. Every player will try to go give his 100%. The plan, as always, was to score against the new ball with one of us (himself and Babar Azam) batting long. I tried to stay till the end. We know our strengths, we have depth in our batting, we have power-hitters who are capable of hitting around 45 runs off the last four overs. So we didn’t panic,” Mohammad Rizwan said after the game. 

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Brief Scores: India: 181 for 7 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 60, Shadab Khan 2/31).

Pakistan: 182 for 5 in 19.5 overs (Mohammad Rizwan 71, Mohammad Nawaz 42; Ravi Bishnoi 1/26, Arshdeep Singh 1/27).