Pakistan beats Australia in T20 tri-series final by 6 wkts

Wednesday, 11 Jul, 2018

In the team rankings, Pakistan retained their spot at the top of the ladder following their win over Australia in the tri-series final, while India kept their second position, having beaten England 2-1.

Meanwhile, Australian opener Aaron Finch became the first player in the history of Twenty20 Internationals to break the 900-point mark as he moved up three places to finish as the top-ranked batsman in the shortest format of the game.

But the left-hander had played a pivotal role a match earlier against the home side with a 42-ball 46, ensuring captain Aaron Finch received the lion's share of the strike in their 223-run first-wicket stand, the biggest partnership in T20 global history.

The Pakistani inning was now at the helm of experienced Pakistani batsman Shoaib Malik and opener Fakhar Zaman, who attacked the bowlers despite the team losing early wickets.

Finch, Australia's new T20I skipper, had a remarkable series in Zimbabwe, with scores of 68 not out, 172 - the highest individual score in T20Is - 16, 3 and 47, rising from fourth spot to the top.

But there was another star performer in the shape of Fakhar Zaman.

India's World Cup victor Roger Binny, Pakistani pacer Umar Gul and the Bangladeshi pair of Soumya Sarkar and Enamul Haque Jrare other four players who have been dismissed on diamond ducks, but they had made their worldwide debuts in some other format previously.

Zaman's performance in the tournament was spectacular and his rise in the rankings equally so.

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

Fakhar's string of good scores, that also included knocks of 61, six, 47 and 73, have helped him vault 44 places to claim the second position.

What the world of cricket saw recently in the victor of a triangular series involving hosts Zimbabwe, Australia and Pakistan was a side which continues to astound observers with their astonishing abilities to reach newer heights with every passing game. It's a career-best number for him, his first time in the Top 10, with 690 points, also a career high.

The others who garnered career-best rankings following the two series were Jason Roy (No. 15 with 641 points), Jos Buttler (No. 17 with 614 points) and Zimbabwe's Solomon Mire, who rose a staggering 202 spots to 25th place on the table.