Mohammad Rizwan and captain Babar Azam shared a 101-run opening partnership as Pakistan edged Bangladesh by seven wickets with one ball remaining Thursday at the New Zealand Twenty20 cricket tri-series.
Babar made 55, and Rizwan went on to 68 to help guide Pakistan past Bangladesh’s total of 173-6. Pakistan lost Babar’s wicket and another in the 13th over and had to rely on Mohammad Nawaz, who struck an unbeaten 45 from 20 balls to close out the win
There was a flicker of concern when Rizwan holed out in the deep in the 19th over, with Pakistan needing nine from seven balls. At the start of the last over, it needed eight from six balls, but with seven wickets in hand and Nawaz still at the crease, Pakistan was in command.
Asif Ali took a streaky single from the first ball, and Nawaz played an overhead tennis shot from the second ball for two. Nawaz continued to find gaps in the field for two runs until a four-behind point by Nawaz from the fifth ball of the over clinched the win.
Meanwhile, Babar and Rizwan have achieved another record in the shortest format. They recorded the fifth-century partnership, the highest in the slam-bang version, while next, the highest is second. All have come in a successful chase.