Zaman leads Pak to tri-series title with win over Australia

In their last two encounters both sides won one match apiece

In their last two encounters both sides won one match apiece

Wellington Masakadza did well to dismiss record-breaking Australian captain Aaron Finch for only 3 runs after he was caught by Tarisai Musakanda.

Australia have recalled opener D'Arcy Short for their T20 tri-series final against the world's top-ranked T20 team, Pakistan.

Fakhar Zaman, who cemented his reputation as a clutch former on Sunday, has deservedly soared to number two in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) T20I player rankings for batsmen. Australia also managed to hang on to their No. 3 position but England are close on their heels.

Short put on 95 for the first wicket with Finch (47 from 27 balls) despite him struggling for momentum early in his innings.

Giving the Pakistani side some stability, skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and Fakhar Zaman built a 45-run partnership. He made a century in the first Twenty20 game against England.

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.

Finch had started the T20Is in 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 number15 with 641 points) and Jos Buttler (up nine spots to number 17 with 614 points), but perhaps the most breath-taking rise has been that of Zimbabwe opener Solomon Mire.

Short broke into the top-10 for the first time in his career in 10th position, moving up 18 places.

There is no change in the top three all-rounders, with Australian Glenn Maxwell leading the field. England, who now occupy the fourth spot are only three points ahead of West Indies, who are in seventh.

Team rankings remain crucial as Australia and the next nine highest-ranked sides will qualify directly for the 16-team ICC men's world T20 2020 in Australia. "We've shown our inexperience over the last six weeks, but we'll be much better for it", said Langer, who also hinted that Finch could also assume the captaincy role in Australia's one-day side.

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