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Finch rises to top of ICC's T20I rankings

11 July 2018

Finch, the new captain of the Australian T20I side, had a remarkable run during the tournament in Zimbabwe.

The left-handed batsman burst onto the scene during the Champions Trophy in England past 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.

Pakistan won the game with 4 balls to spare, registering their 9th consecutive series win.

Zaman, who put on 107 runs off 64 balls with Malik, finally holed out at deep backward point while going for a big shot off seamer Jhye Richardson.

The response to the initial defeat to Australia was to introduce into the fray a young fast-bowler in the shape of Shaheen Shah Afridi, who had earlier been praised by India Under-19 Coach and batting great Rahul Dravid.

Pakistan emerged champions on Sunday, beating Australia by 6 wickets in the T20I tri-series final held at Harare sports club.

In the bowling table, Rashid Khan of Afghanistan and Shadab Khan of Pakistan have retained the top two positions, but there have been a number of movements down the order with Australia's Andrew Tye and Billy Stanlake, and England's trio of Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett and David Willey achieving career-high rankings.

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Speaking exclusively to Geo.tv, Fakhar said PSL played an important part in growing him as a player.

It is said that the exuberance of youth is what makes teams special. Witness the superb catch by Shadab to dismiss a very risky looking Alex Carey in the final, and the delight that youth can bring to this side becomes more evident.

Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed had already been run out after weighing in with 28, but Shoaib Malik (43 not out) helped Pakistan towards the finish line, gaining revenge on behalf of Zaman by dispatching Richardson for six over the mid-wicket boundary to ease the pressure that had suddenly been mounting after the key man's departure.

Rahul's scores of 70, 101 not out, six and 19 in last four T20I matches have helped him move up nine places to a career-high third position.

For this, apart from the players themselves, the selectors and the chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq must all be congratulated.

No Pakistani player ranks among the top five in any of the Test cricket rankings.

He was also declared the player of the series on the back of his superb display throughout the series.

Finch rises to top of ICC's T20I rankings