Finch rises to top of ICC's T20I rankings

Tanya Simon
July 9, 2018

Australia skipper Aaron Finch (47), who shared a run-a-ball opening stand of 95 with Short, felt his side should have posted closer to 200 on what was a good batting wicket.

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 worldwide formats.

On Friday, Short made way for debutant allrounder Jack Wildermuth for Australia's final group-stage match against Zimbabwe following a pained knock of 28 off 34 balls against Pakistan. As we saw from Pakistan today, you've got to play fearless cricket.

Interestingly, earlier in the tournament, Finch had also reached a career-high 900 points, and the new No.3 on the table, KL Rahul, did the same in the first match of three-T20I series in England, getting to 854 points. First, he added 45 with captain Sarfraz Ahmed to take his team out of immediate danger, and he then added 107 for the fourth wicket with Malik to seize the advantage for Pakistan.

Team rankings remain crucial as Australia plus the next nine highest-ranked sides will qualify directly for the 16-team ICC Men's World T20 2020 in Australia.

"This was a 170 wicket, we let them get away".

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Pakistan didn't help themselves with some sloppy fielding, which included dropping Finch on the first ball he faced.

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 will now go into the final with plenty of confidence, while the Australians must face Zimbabwe before reconsidering their approach to Fakhar, Afridi and the rest of Sarfraz's team.

Their defeat means Australia have won just three of the last 11 internationals they have played on their tours of England and Zimbabwe. No other team has been this consistent witch successful chases in T20Is. "Finchy has definitely put his best foot forward in this series".

"We'll look at that".

Australia won the toss and elected to bat on a flat track in the final, posting 183 for eight in their 20 overs with the innings anchored by opener D'Arcy Short's stylish 76 from 53 balls.

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