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

Ruben Hill
July 11, 2018

Rahul touched a career-high 854 points following the first match of the T20I series in England - which the visitors won 2-1 - where he scored a match-winning 101, but a dip in the next two games saw him finish with 812 points. And it's safe to say Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman is made of the same material that made Gilchirst what he was.

Zimbabwe then lost four wickets in two overs on the charge at the death, with Andrew Tye once again starring with the ball, but reached a total which very almost sparked an upset.

Pakistan's win has seen them gain one point and move up to 132 points while Australia have slipped to 122 points from the tally of 126 points before a preceding one-off T20I against England on 27 June.

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.

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

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. 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 injured Babar Azam, Colin Munro and Glenn Maxwell all moved down, occupying the three spots below Finch, Zaman and Rahul, while further down on the list, there were more such interesting changes.

Pakistan squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan Shinwari, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sahibzada Farhan.

Australia coach Justin Langer has hinted that the current T20I skipper Aaron Finch is likely to be appointed as the captain of the one-day global (ODI) team as well.

Short broke into the top-10 for the first time in his career in 10th position, moving up 18 places. He ended with a career-best 581 points and the 25th place on the table.

Australia's D'Arcy Short, Jason Roy of England and Solomon Mire have also achieved career-best rankings following the latest rankings update.

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