Zaman fires Pakistan past Australia in Tri-Series final

Postado Julho 11, 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.

The two sides having reached the decider ahead of hosts Zimbabwe, Pakistan fought back from a slow start with the ball to restrict an initially rampant Australia to the nevertheless daunting total of 183-8 at Harare Sports Club.

As Australia lost the final, the credit for Pakistan winning it would be taken by Fakhar Zaman who came close to scoring a century before being dismissed in the deep on 91 runs.

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

To continue to win at a rate which puzzles many who have seen Pakistan cricket self-destruct in the past is an achievement in itself. With the decline in the fortunes of Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan are increasingly looking towards Malik to provide the stability under tricky conditions which saw them complete their run chase of 184 in the final, where at one point it appeared that Australia would embarrass the top-ranked team.

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

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.

As Finch, Zaman and KL Rahul became the new podium holders, they replaced an injured Babar Azam, Colin Munro and Glenn Maxwell and moved below them.

This means that Zimbabwe finishes the tournament without a single win after losing two matches to Australia and another two matches to Pakistan.

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.

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

Short has broken into the top 10 for the first time in his career in 10th position, moving up 18 places. The standing, a career-best number for him, takes him to 690 points, also a career high.