Mohammad Rizwan smashed his second successive half-century, and Mohammad Nawaz made 42 off just 20 balls to set up Pakistan’s highest successful run-chase in a Twenty20 against archrival India in their Asia Cup Super 4 match on Sunday.
Rizwan scored 71 runs off 51 deliveries while Nawaz hit six fours and two sixes to dominate the middle overs as Pakistan reached 182-5 with a ball to spare in the five-wicket win.
India’s top three batters helped to fire the side to 181-7 after Pakistan had won the toss and elected to field.
Iftikhar Ahmed finished the game with two runs off the penultimate delivery as experienced fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar was smacked for 19 runs in a crucial 19th over, which took the game away from India.
India and Pakistan can still face each other in the final on September 11. The two teams are expected to finish 1 and 2 in the Super 4 stage, with teams like Sri Lanka and Afghanistan also part of the second round.
India will have to win the remaining two games against Sri Lanka (September 6) and Afghanistan (September 8) to stand a chance to play in the most crucial clash.
If India win their remaining two games and Pakistan beat Sri Lanka, the island will be eliminated from the Asia Cup 2022.
But if Sri Lanka win their next two games, the Net Run Rate will come into the picture. The Men in Blue must win the next two matches with big margins to qualify for the final.
They currently have an NRR of -0.126, with Sri Lanka (+0.589) and Pakistan (+0.126) ahead of them in the points table.