Babar Azam was keen to take the positives from Pakistan’s T20 World Cup campaign after their disappointing semi-final defeat to Australia.
Australia will face New Zealand, who knocked out England, in Sunday’s final in Dubai after beating Pakistan by five wickets.
Fakhar Zaman’s destructive 55 from 32 balls – and Mohammad Rizwan’s more subdued 67 – helped Pakistan post 176-4 despite Australia spinner Adam Zampa taking 1-22.
Shaheen Shah Afridi dismissed captain Aaron Finch for a golden duck in the first over of Australia’s chase, but David Warner’s 49 from 30 balls kept the Baggy Greens in contention.
Still, it looked as though Pakistan were heading for victory when Warner walked for an apparent edge – replays showed he missed the ball – and Shadab Khan dismissed Glenn Maxwell to finish with figures for 4-26.
But Marcus Stoinis kept Australia in the chase with four boundaries before Wade hit three sixes in a row – after being dropped in the deep by Hassan Ali – to take his side to victory in the penultimate over.
Pakistan were the only team to go through the Super 12 group stage unbeaten and Babar insisted he was ‘satisfied’ with his team’s campaign despite a demoralising defeat to Australia in the semi-finals.
‘We were satisfied with the runs on the board but at the backend of the game Australia were too good,’ Babar said. ‘It was fine margins, that dropped catch [from Hassan Ali] affected the game.
‘But the way we played this tournament, the way we gelled, I’m very satisfied as a captain.’
Australia skipper Finch, meanwhile, added: ‘It was a great game of cricket and the way Wade held his nerve under pressure at the backend was unbelievable.
‘I thought we were pretty sloppy in the field but the win shows the depth of our squad, I think.’
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