Pakistan beat Australia in Harare

Tanya Simon
July 11, 2018

Fakhar Zaman's impressive returns in that series - 278 runs from five matches - for Pakistan not only helped his team win the trophy but also propelled him to No. 2 on the rankings with 842 points against his name.

Pakistan came back strongly after dropping Finch off the first ball and giving Short a life soon after he completed his half century.

"I think Fakhar Zaman has been outstanding and a real thorn in our side".

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.

For Pakistan, a 45-run victory over Australia in their last league match on Thursday 5 July will act as a morale booster ahead of the final.

Zimbabwe was not able to salvage some pride when it lost it's final triangular series match against Australia by wickets at the Harare Sports Club today.

Australia coach Justin Langer has hinted that the current T20I skipper Aaron Finch is likely to be appointed as the captain of the one-day worldwide (ODI) team as well.

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But Gareth Southgate's stars can expect more than half of the 81,000 crowd to be cheering them on. The result of the biggest bet taken in this World Cup could be determined as soon as Thursday.

Colin Munro of New Zealand was at fourth place while Babar Azam of Pakistan and Australia's Glenn Maxwell was placed at sixth position.

Short put on 95 for the first wicket with Finch (47 from 27 balls) despite him struggling for momentum early in his innings.

Wellington Masakadza did well to dismiss record-breaking Australian captain Aaron Finch for only 3 runs after he was caught by Tarisai Musakanda. Scores of 46 and 76 - in the final - during the tournament helped him jump 18 places to No.10.

No wonder he moved up 44 spots on the table to reach No 2 with 842 points, also the best in his short global career so far.

Consider the manner in which the Pakistan side, stung by their nine-wicket loss to Australia in the initial stages of the tri-series, responded to the challenge and one can see what makes them so special. He ended with a career-best 581 points and the 25th place on the table.

Australia's D'Arcy Short, Jason Roy of England and Solomon Mire have also achieved career-best rankings following the latest update.

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