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Pakistan maintain top position in ICC T20I ranking

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Kristopher Love | 11 July, 2018, 14:24

In the team rankings, Pakistan retained their spot at the top of the ladder following their win over Australia in the tri-series final, while India kept their second position, having beaten England 2-1.

Pakistan batsman Fakhar Zaman in action during the final of the tri-series played between Pakistan and Australia in a T20 tri-series which at the Harare Sports Club, July 8 2018. He had also scored 84 runs in the one-off T20I against England.

Despite winning the T20I series, India gained just a solitary point from their 2-1 win whereas England gained two points and now occupy the fourth spot.

The Pakistani inning was now at the helm of experienced Pakistani batsman Shoaib Malik and opener Fakhar Zaman, who attacked the bowlers despite the team losing early wickets.

That was in a major part due to Fakhar Zaman.

Zaman's performance in the tournament was spectacular and his rise in the rankings equally so.

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

Australia captain Aaron 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. With scores of 61, 6, 47, 73 and 91 in Zimbabwe, he moved up 44 spots to reach No.2 - a career-best for him so far.

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.

Finch had started the T20Is in the 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 has broken into the top 10 for the first time in his career in 10th position, moving up 18 places.

Batting first, Australia put up a total of 187 runs with the help of opener D'Arcy Short's 76 runs off 46 balls. He ended with a career-best 581 points and the 25th place on the table.

In the England vs India series, players with career-best points were Jason Roy (up 19 spots to No. 15 with 641 points) and Jos Buttler (up nine places to No. 17 with 614 points).