When Fakhar Zaman got out for an 18-ball 15, Pakistan left many surprised when they sent in Mohammad Nawaz at four. After a brilliant spell of 1 for 25 with the ball, Nawaz changed the course of the game with an attacking 20-ball 42, adding 73 for the third wicket with Mohammad Rizwan that helped Pakistan bounce back in the game.
Pleased with the team's performance, Nawaz is hopeful that Pakistan will play in a similar fashion as they did on Sunday (September 4) against India moving forward.
"As a player, it is good for us. The first match we played both were close and neck to neck. I hope we all play like this only," Nawaz said in the post-match press conference.
"Babar Azam no Doubt is the backbone of our team. I think whenever the opportunity comes to perform well the players should grab it.
"The skipper and the team management must have taken the decision to send me to bat at No. 4. All I was told was that if the left-handed batter got out, you have to go out for batting. My strategy was to execute my plan while playing basic," said the batter.
After losing the encounter in the Asia Cup 2022 group stage narrowly, Pakistan managed to chase down 182 in their first match of the Super Fours with five wickets and one ball to spare.
Mohammad Rizwan once again top-scored for Pakistan with 71 off 51. Barring Rizwan, there were contributions from Khushdil Shah (14*) and Asif Ali (18*) down the order.
India next take on Sri Lanka on Tuesday (September 6) in Dubai, while Pakistan play Afghanistan the following day at the same venue.