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Clutch Fakhar Zaman soars to number two in ICC T20I rankings

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Kristopher Love | 09 July, 2018, 14:12

Post-match vision showed the Australian cricketer shake the hand of a Pakistani batsman and the umpires whilst Ahmed's hand was left outstretched.

Maxwell later took to Twitter to clarify the incident, saying it was an "oversight" on his behalf.

Andrew Tye was the best of Australia's bowlers, taking 3-35 off his four overs.

Cricketers Glenn Maxwell and Peter Siddle have both been involved in fiery gestures.

Pakistan cricket team have retained their top spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20I ranking by defeating Australian in the final of Tri-Series in Harare on Sunday (8th July).

His incredible production was duly rewarded as the latest rankings published by the ICC has seen him soar to the number two spot, behind just Australia captain Aaron Finch.

Zaman, who was adjudged Man of the Match, scored a magnificent 91 off 46 balls before being dismissed by Jhye Richardson.

Hello and welcome to the live blog of Australia versus Pakistan finals of the Twenty20 Tri-series tournament.

In all, Zaman scored a staggering 278 run in five outings in the Zimbabwe-hosted tournament at an average of 55-6 - nearly unheard-of figures for the game's shortest global formats.

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

It wasn't all smooth sailing for Pakistan on Sunday as Zaman lost his opening partner Sahibzada Farhan, who was stumped off a wide on his first ball in global cricket. You're always going to be under pressure regardless of how many wickets you take if they're some of your stats.

"I thought we should've got up around 200", Finch said after the game. Asif Ali and Shoaib Malik did a job for us too. "I thought we should have got around 200 and we just kept losing wickets, which stalled the momentum", he said.

Finch was given a first-ball reprieve when he was dropped by Malik in the deep after top-edging a hook, and several misfields allowed any pressure with the new ball to be immediately dissipated.

It was a fine effort from Pakistan in the chase after they lost two wickets in the first over bowled by Aussie all-rounder Glenn Maxwell.