Superb Zaman blasts Pakistan to tri-series final win over Australia

Superb Zaman blasts Pakistan to tri-series final win over Australia

Pakistan's free-wheeling opener's game instead marries hand and eye and has made him the leading run-scorer in T20I cricket this year, with 516 runs in 13 innings capped by a career-best 91 when it really mattered against Australia in the tri-series final. Australia skipper Aaron Finch ( 891 points) and Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman (842 Points) occupy the top two spots. In New Zealand, he scored a fifty and then a 40-odd (in successive T20Is, to help Pakistan come from 1-0 down to win the three-match series). A batting line-up which featured a batsman like Aaron Finch, who had just blasted the Zimbabwean attack to all corners of the ground as he went about collecting the highest individual T20I score of 172, was not one against whom one would experiment with their youngest bowler.

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.

Their errors allowed Australia to get off to a flier, with Finch putting together a 95-run opening stand with D'Arcy Short.

However, if India win the last match of the T20I series, they will gain two points and move up to 124 points in ICC T20I rankings. It's a career-best number for him, his first time in the Top 10, with 690 points, also a career high.

After a trip to the UAE for Tests, ODIs and a T20I against Pakistan, the side will play South Africa, India and Sri Lanka over a summer that will also feature an expanded Big Bash League.

Tye has risen 41 places to the seventh spot in the latest rankings after taking 12 wickets in Harare; Adil is ninth after moving up four places; Plunkett has gained 14 places and is now in 11th spot; Willey has risen 12 places to 15th and Stanlake's 7 wickets have given him a leap of 60 places that has put him in 19th position. Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi is second, while Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh is third.

What the world of cricket saw recently in the victor of a triangular series involving hosts Zimbabwe, Australia and Pakistan was a side which continues to astound observers with their astonishing abilities to reach newer heights with every passing game. England, who now occupy the fourth spot are only three points ahead of West Indies, who are in seventh.

While the end result was a disappointing one, with Australia slumping to a disappointing six-wicket loss in Harare, Australia coach Justin Langer found a silver lining.

Pakistan have retained top spot in the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings.

Related Articles