Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Pakistan vs Australia T20I Tri-series final Match 6

Aaron Finch is currently rated 4th in the ICC T20I batting rankings Aaron Finch is currently rated 4th in the ICC T20I batting rankings
Cassandra Castillo | 11 July, 2018, 14:25

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. 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.

That was in a major part due to Fakhar Zaman.

Australia T20 captain Aaron Finch has jumped three places to vault to the top of ICC T20I rankings for batsmen, while Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman and India's KL Rahul rose to the No. 2 and No. 3 spots respectively.

India's World Cup victor Roger Binny, Pakistani pacer Umar Gul and the Bangladeshi pair of Soumya Sarkar and Enamul Haque Jrare other four players who have been dismissed on diamond ducks, but they had made their global debuts in some other format previously.

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. That game was Australia's first loss in the series, after which they bounced back well to beat Zimbabwe by five wickets on Friday, to get back to winning. Although he only managed 6 and 19 in the next two games, he moved up nine spots to occupy third place.

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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.

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

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He made 165 runs at an average of 41.25 in the tri-series, including a 53-ball 76 in the final.

Among others ending the England v India series with career-best points were Jason Roy (up 19 spots to No 15 with 641 points) and Jos Buttler (up nine spots to No17 with 614 points), but perhaps the most breathtaking rise has been that of Zimbabwe opener Solomon Mire. The standing, a career-best number for him, takes him to 690 points, also a career high.

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