Pakistan captain Babar Azam was chosen to lead the side.
"If the catch was taken then the scenario would have been different but it is part of the game," Babar told reporters.
Chasing a modest 135 for victory after pace bowler Haris Rauf choked out New Zealand with four wickets, Pakistan were in trouble at 69/4 but crossed the line in 18.4 overs for a fine start in their bid for a second championship.
Pakistan have never won against India on the biggest stage, losing all of their 12 matches at the T20 and 50-over World Cups.
Scotland have been on a roll in the first round, winning all three games to qualify for the Super 12s as leaders of Group B.
Former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said that New Zealand 'killed Pakistan cricket'.
Babar now leads the Indian captain by eight points.
The five-day matches form part of the ICC Test Championship and will be staged in Karachi (January 26-30) and Rawalpindi (February 4-8), before T20I fixtures at the same venues and Lahore, ending on February 14.
Pakistan closed a rain-shorted opening day of the first Test against England on 139/2 at a gloomy and wet Old Trafford.
Babar replaces wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed at the helm which was expected after the latter was axed from the team across formats following his poor form with the bat.