Pakistan thrash Australia in series decider

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Pakistan thrash Australia in series decider

The opener, who rose to fame with that iconic century in the Champions Trophy final against India in the English summer of 2017, continued to impress one and all with his fine ability to take on the Australian and Zimbabwean attacks with zeal that would have made Saeed Anwar proud.

He played no small role in Australia bouncing back from a spate of losses across formats in recent times, but it was still not enough for his team to win the title.

Aaron Finch, Fakhar Zaman and KL Rahul are the new one-two-three in the ICC T20 Rankings for batsmen.

Fakhar Zaman's 91 powers Pakistan to their highest-ever T20 run-chase, with Australia, left to rue a late batting collapse in the tri-series final at Harare today (Jul 08).

Earlier, D'Arcy Short and Aaron Finch had taken Pakistan's bowlers to task in Australia's innings, putting on 95 for the first wicket.

Pakistani cricketer Sahibzada Farhan, who made his T20 global debut against Australia in the T20I tri-series final, achieved an unwanted feat on Sunday. 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.

Zaman moved up 44 places on the table and reached 842 points following his own incredible form in Zimbabwe, which featured a career-best 91 off 46 balls in the final that helped Pakistan seal a record chase against Australia in Harare.

Finch had started the T20Is in the fourth position on 763 points and a tour aggregate of 391 runs not only helped him leapfrog Babar Azam, Colin Munro, and Glen Maxwell but also earned him 128 points.

Among others ending the England v India series with career-best points were Jason Roy (up 19 spots to No 15 with 641 points) and Jos Buttler (up nine spots to No17 with 614 points), but perhaps the most breathtaking rise has been that of Zimbabwe opener Solomon Mire. It's a career-best number for him, his first time in the Top 10, with 690 points, also a career high.

The bowling performance by Pakistan in that 45-run victory was headlined by Afridi's fast-bowling excellence, but the likes of Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf were not too far behind in terms of the variations they provide to this Pakistani bowling attack.

There is no change in the top three all-rounders, with Maxwell leading the field. The remaining six sides will qualify from the 14-team Qualifier 2019.

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