Pakistan beat Australia in tri-series final after blitz from Fakhar Zaman


Aaron Finch, Fakhar Zaman and KL Rahul are the new top three batsmen in the ICC T20I rankings on conclusion of the tri-series in Zimbabwe, where Pakistan beat Australia comfortably in the final, and after India's 2-1 series win over England, a release declared on Monday (July 9).

Captain Aaron Finch won the toss and elected to bat first on a sunny Sunday morning in Harare for the deciding match of the week-long tournament which has also featured hosts Zimbabwe.

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This performance by Finch in Zimbabwe has only bolstered his chance to become the ODI captain too.

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Pakistan are scheduled to play at least 6 more T20Is this year and Fakhar has the opportunity to create a world record of most runs in a calendar year. "He's a big game player and he's getting better day by day". D'Arcy [Short] started taking steps towards that today, like we've seen from him in Big Bash cricket. "That's how he needs to play his cricket". The wicketkeeper was one of only two Australians to pass 20, alongside Short.

Zaman shared in a century stand with Shoaib Malik as Pakistan recovered from an early wobble in their pursuit of Australia's 183 for 8, and Malik then showed all the experience of an 18-year worldwide career to see his team home in their highest ever successful T20I run chase with an unbeaten 43.

Other bowlers to head in the right direction include Mohammad Amir (12th, up by six places), Hardik Pandya (29th, up by five places), Mohammad Nawaz (32nd, up by nine places), Faheem Ashraf (33rd, up by 21 places), Kuldeep Yadav (34th, up by 41 places) and Ashton Agar (45th, up by 39 places). "It's just about guys getting back to the basics and making sure that they're executing when there's no pressure on so that when the time comes in a final like this, they're confident in their skills and able to deliver", Finch said. But Fakhar Zaman along with Sarfaraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik took the game away from the Aussies. They'll hurt you if you're complacent. "I thought we should have got around 200 and we just kept losing wickets, which stalled the momentum", he said.