T20I Tri-Series: Fakhar Zaman Helps Pakistan Win Over Australia

Jose Verdugo
Julio 11, 2018

That result also meant that Australia dropped to the third spot as they were overtaken by India after winning the three-match T20I series 2-1.

Going into the final against Australia, Pakistan knew that even defeat will help them remain on top but victory over Aaron Finch's side meant that they increased their lead to the second-placed side from five points at the start of the tri-series to eight points.

However, the captaincy of Aaron Finch was watertight throughout the T20I tri-series, as an inexperienced Australian side pieced together some entertaining performances.

Finch too found some terrific touch in the African nation, taking his global T20 run tally past 400 with his mammoth 172 against Zimbabwe, before coming back to earth with scores of 3 and 16 in Australia's last two games.

Pakistan had set a reasonable target of 194 runs against Australia which could manage to score 149 runs by losing seven wickets.

Both teams are done with their rotation policy and they would be eager to play their full strength squad. Fakhar and Malik both build up a terrific 107 run partnership and completely shifted the momentum towards the World No.1 T20 side.

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Pakistan have made two changes to their XI for the final, handing a debut to 22-year-old opener Sahibzada Farhan at the expense of Haris Sohail, while Hasan Ali has come back into the side of Usman Khan.

Babar Azam, Colin Munro and Glenn Maxwell all slipped, occupying the three spots below Finch, Zaman and Rahul.

Short put on 95 for the first wicket with Finch (47 from 27 balls) despite him struggling for momentum early in his innings.

Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman also jumped 44 places to reach No 2 spot in the ranking.

D'Arcy Short, Finch's opening partner, entered the top 10 rankings for the first time. He had a fantastic tri-series tournament where he scored 61, 6, 47, 73 and 91 runs to help his team beat Australia in the final. The standing, a career-best number for him, takes him to 690 points, also a career high.

Among others ending the England v India series with career-best points were Jason Roy (up 19 spots to number15 with 641 points) and Jos Buttler (up nine spots to number 17 with 614 points), but perhaps the most breath-taking rise has been that of Zimbabwe opener Solomon Mire.

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