Asia Cup 2022: Hope we play like this only, says Mohammad Nawaz after win over India
Asia Cup 2022: Pakistan batter Mohammad Nawaz is hopeful that his side would carry on playing as they did against their arch-rival in the Super Four round of the current Asia Cup after Pakistan triumphed in a nail-biting encounter against India.
At the ongoing Asia Cup 2022, Pakistan defeated Pakistan by five wickets on Sunday thanks to a magnificent fifty by Mohammed Rizwan and a cameo by Mohammad Nawaz. The fans enjoyed a thrilling day of cricket action and got their money’s worth. Rizwan’s outstanding 71 off 51 balls ended up being the deciding factor between the two teams.
Speaking about the boost of confidence the Pakistan team received after they clinched a thrilling win over India, Nawaz said in a post-match press conference, “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.”
4️⃣2️⃣ off 2️⃣0️⃣ balls, 1️⃣-2️⃣5️⃣ and 3️⃣ catches – a night to remember for @mnawaz94 🙌
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) September 4, 2022
“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, then you have to go out for batting. My strategy was to execute my plan while playing basic,” said the batter.
Chasing a target of 182, Pakistan got off to a shaky start after skipper Babar Azam (14) dismissed in the fourth over of the innings by Ravi Bishnoi. Fakhar Zaman, who was dismissed by Yuzvendra Chahal after scoring 15, also failed to produce a strong performance.
A crucial partnership between Mohammad Rizwan and Mohammad Nawaz followed, amassing 84 runs for the third wicket. Rizwan (41) and Nawaz (41) both quickly eliminated by Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, respectively. Senior bowler Bhuvneshwar let 19 runs in the last over as India lost the game by five wickets with Pakistan needing 26 runs off the final two overs