Opener Fakhar Zaman smashed a career-best 91 from 46 balls as Pakistan defeated Australia by six wickets to lift the tri-series trophy at the Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe on Sunday. Australia have been bolstered by their captain Aaron Finch, who hit back-to-back half-centuries in the first two games of the series.
Despite winning the T20I series, India gained just a solitary point from their 2-1 win whereas England gained two points and now occupy the fourth spot. Australia won both those games.However, returns of 16 and 3 in the final two games of the series have slightly diminished the good run of form he had had at the start. The 31-year-old from Victoria eventually finished the T20Is (also comprising a one-off against England at Edgbaston) in No.1 position on 891 points.
Interestingly, earlier in the tournament, Finch had also reached a career-high 900 points, and the new No 3 on the table, KL Rahul, did the same in the first match of three-T20I series in England, getting to 854 points.
Short is expected to again partner Finch at the top of Australia's order, with wicketkeeper Alex Carey (who performed the role against Zimbabwe on Friday) to drop back down the order. Roy has gained 19 places and is now in 15th spot, while Mire has rocketed 202 places to claim 25th position - seven places behind Hamilton Masakadza. Another experienced Australia batsman, Glenn Maxwell, stepped up in the last match against Zimbabwe, as he scored a 34-ball 50, finishing on 56 off 38 to help his side recover from 26/2 while chasing 152.
Aaron Finch's impressive showing in the Twenty20 worldwide triangular series in Zimbabwe helped him jump four places to No. 1 in the latest ICC T20I rankings, it was announced on Monday (July 9). After slumping to a six-wicket defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the finals of the T20I tri-series in Zimbabwe, the Australian coach admitted that they need to ponder upon many areas, including the team leadership.
Australia captain Aaron Finch chipped in with 47 runs. England, who now occupy the fourth spot are only three points ahead of West Indies, who are in seventh. Shoaib Malik, a survivor of the 2009 ICC World T20 winning squad, brought his vast experience to the crease at a time when his side could have easily slid to another collapse and end up as runners-up. Although he only managed 6 and 19 in the next two games, he moved up nine spots to occupy third place.