In Pakistan’s Super 4 encounter against India, Mohammad Nawaz stunned India with the bat after assisting in restricting them with the ball following a wild start. A week after India successfully chased in an exciting group-stage finale, Pakistan paid India back by asking them to bat and winning with one ball remaining.
After the game, the wicketkeeper reportedly felt fine, therefore the scan is being done as a preventative measure. After Pakistan defeated India by five wickets in their Asia Cup Super 4 match in Dubai yesterday night, wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan got an MRI on his right knee. Rizwan is thought to have felt OK following the game, and the scan is merely a preventative measure.
The incident happened during India’s 15th over of their batting when Mohammad Hasnain sent a bouncer at Deepak Hooda, who missed with his ramp shot. Rizwan attempted to catch the ball by leaping high, but he missed it and fell awkwardly on his right leg. He began to exhibit pain right away, and the Pakistani team physio came outside to take a look. After a short while, Rizwan stood up, stretched, and continued to keep but seemed to be limping.
He scored 71 runs off 51 balls at the top of the order, greatly aiding Pakistan’s successful pursuit of 182 runs.
Pakistan has been hindered at the Asia Cup by numerous injuries. The paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi hasn’t played since the first Test against Sri Lanka in mid-July because of a knee injury. Even though he had traveled to the UAE with the squad and was expected to complete his rehab there, he had been sent there for treatment instead.
Mohammad Wasim and Shahnawaz Dahani, two additional quick bowlers, are also out with strains. Dahani was deemed unfit a day before Sunday’s match against India, while Wasim was ruled out of the Asia Cup a day before their tournament opener.
Rizwan is the only professional wicketkeeper in the Pakistani team for the Asia Cup. Fakhar Zaman and Khushdil Shah are capable workers but they are not qualified wicketkeepers. The team traveled to the Netherlands recently, however, Mohammad Haris, Pakistan’s backup goalkeeper, was not chosen for the Asia Cup. Haris might need to be flown in if Rizwan is unable to play, especially with the T20 World Cup only around the corner. On Wednesday in Sharjah, Pakistan will play Afghanistan in its next Asia Cup match.
Nawaz isn’t your typical blockbuster hero, but he has a reputation as a good utility player who can occasionally bowl four solid overs and make a short cameo in the lower middle order. He has been quite a livewire on the field during the Asia Cup, trying to cut off angles and fire in throws to the wicketkeeper. He practically never leaves the game, looking for opportunities to contribute and provide his team an advantage.
If Nawaz believed that bowling four overs would be his night’s standout performance, he was mistaken. Pakistan sent Nawaz in at No. 4 in the ninth over with Pakistan 63 for 2 and requiring 115 from 68 balls in an effort to unsettle India’s two legspinners, Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravi Bishnoi, and stretch the batting. Even as Mohammad Rizwan on the other side battled through discomfort from an injury he sustained on the field, his contribution of a 20-ball 42 reversed the momentum.
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