Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Zaman leads Pakistan to T20 tri-series title with win over Australia

Zaman leads Pakistan to T20 tri-series title with win over Australia

Australia missed an opportunity to usurp Pakistan atop the T20 rankings after their 45-run loss to Sarfraz Ahmed's side on Thursday, but have had three resounding victories from four matches and can rise above India into second on the rankings with victory in Harare's decider.

Pakistani opener Fakhar Zaman thrashed the Aussies with a remarkable 73 runs followed by Asif Ali who contributed 37 to the total.

Meanwhile, Australia opener Aaron Finch became the first player in the history of T20Is to break the 900-point mark as he moved up three places to finish the tri-series in Harare against Pakistan and Zimbabwe as the top-ranked batsman in the shortest format of the game.

Pakistan came back strongly after dropping Finch off the first ball and giving Short a life soon after he completed his half century.

Finch's blistering 172 against Zimbabwe propelled him to the 900-point mark.

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However, the T20I rankings remain crucial as only Australia and the next nine highest-ranked sides will automatically qualify for the 2020 World T20 set to be held in Australia.

Speaking exclusively to Geo.tv, Fakhar said PSL played an important part in growing him as a player.

KL Rahul had scored a century in the first T20 of the series played at had taken India to a win.

Colin Munro of New Zealand was at fourth place while Babar Azam of Pakistan and Australia's Glenn Maxwell was placed at sixth position.

Australia recorded a scrappy five-wicket victory against a weakened Zimbabwe with a ball to spare in the last round-robin match of the Twenty20 tri-series on Friday.

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No wonder he moved up 44 spots on the table to reach No 2 with 842 points, also the best in his short global career so far.

D'Arcy Short, Finch's opening partner, entered the top 10 rankings for the first time.

In the England vs India series, players with career-best points were Jason Roy (up 19 spots to No. 15 with 641 points) and Jos Buttler (up nine places to No. 17 with 614 points).

By the end of the triangular series, Finch, who captained Australia to the final, had dropped to 891 points but was still comfortably ahead of Zaman. He ended with a career-best 581 points and the 25th place on the table.

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