Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

T20I series: Fakhar seals record chase to give Pakistan title

T20I series: Fakhar seals record chase to give Pakistan title

Aaron Finch, Fakhar Zaman and KL Rahul are the new top three batsmen in the ICC T20I rankings on conclusion of the tri-series in Zimbabwe, where Pakistan beat Australia comfortably in the final, and after India's 2-1 series win over England, a release declared on Monday (July 9).

The tri-series included the host Zimbabwe, Australia and Pakistan.

Maxwell's 56 - his first half century since February against England in Hobart - helped ease the pain for an Australian middle order who were made to graft after Zimbabwean all-rounder Solomon Mire had notched his second consecutive 50-plus score earlier in the day.

The left-handed batsman burst onto the scene during the Champions Trophy in England previous year and smashed two fifties to help his team qualify for the final where he cracked a century against India in the final to end the contest within the first 35 overs itself. He dipped from there, but six and 19 in the next two games ensured he was up nine spots since the last update at 812 points. His recent run with the bat pushed him three spots from No 4 to World No 1.

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.

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Pakistan have made two changes to their XI for the final, handing a debut to 22-year-old opener Sahibzada Farhan at the expense of Haris Sohail, while Hasan Ali has come back into the side of Usman Khan.

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

No wonder he moved up 44 spots on the table to reach No 2 with 842 points, also the best in his short worldwide career so far. It's a career-best number for him, his first time in the Top 10, with 690 points, also a career high.

Batting first, Australia put up a total of 187 runs with the help of opener D'Arcy Short's 76 runs off 46 balls.

In-form India batsman Lokesh Rahul has jumped nine places to reach a career-high third spot in the latest ICC T20 rankings while his team has gained a place to be second in the team standings following the series win against England.

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