Mohammad Rizwan’s bold 71 helped Pakistan overcome India by five wickets on Sunday in a T20 Asia Cup “Super 4” game. With one ball left in the game, Pakistan’s 182-run victory attempt was successful courtesy of a crucial 73-run partnership between Rizwan and Mohammad Nawaz, who scored 42.

Rizwan was out in the 17th over after hitting his second straight fifty, but Pakistan still won due to Khushdil Shah and Asif Ali in the last over. Arshdeep Singh wasted a golden opportunity at short third, and after hitting six and two fours, he was out with two balls left, enabling Iftikhar Ahmed to score the last two runs. This gave Asif a reprieve.

There may yet be a conflict between India and Pakistan during the summit on September 11 in Dubai. Since they last squared off on Sunday, August 28, when India defeated Pakistan by a margin of five wickets, it will be their third meeting.

In the “Super 4” round-robin format, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka are matched with India and Pakistan, with the top two teams securing a rematch on Sunday. India must overcome Afghanistan in the next two games and Sri Lanka on September 6 after Pakistan and Sri Lanka each won one (September 8). Afghanistan would also be eliminated from the tournament if India wins its next two games.

If India wins their last two games and Pakistan loses the island nation, Sri Lanka will be eliminated from the tournament. However, if Sri Lanka wins their next two games, the Net Run Rate (NRR) comes into play. To advance to the final game, India must win the next two games by significant scores. With two points each, Sri Lanka (+0.589) and Pakistan (+0.126) are now ahead of them in the points standings, and they have an NRR of -0.126.

After Pakistan’s triumph on Sunday, Rizwan said that his coworkers had described the game as a “best of three-match series” between Pakistan and India. Political turbulence has placed a halt to bilateral series between the two countries since more than ten years ago.