Fakhar Zaman grabs top position in latest T20I ranking

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Australia and Pakistan had already qualified for Sunday’s final after both won three matches each

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.

Fakhar Zaman's brilliant 91 helped Pakistan grab a victory over Australia in the final match of a tri-nation T20I series on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Australian opener Aaron Finch became the first player in the history of Twenty20 Internationals to break the 900-point mark as he moved up three places to finish as the top-ranked batsman in the shortest format of the game. The side has been extremely dominant, defeating Pakistan by 9 wickets, followed by a 100-run over Zimbabwe.

Finch too found some terrific touch in the African nation, taking his worldwide T20 run tally past 400 with his mammoth 172 against Zimbabwe, before coming back to earth with scores of 3 and 16 in Australia's last two games.

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

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Maxwell's 56 - his first half century since February against England in Hobart - helped ease the pain for an Australian middle order who were made to graft after Zimbabwean all-rounder Solomon Mire had notched his second consecutive 50-plus score earlier in the day.

Babar Azam, Colin Munro and Glenn Maxwell all slipped, occupying the three spots below Finch, Zaman and Rahul. A batting line-up which featured a batsman like Aaron Finch, who had just blasted the Zimbabwean attack to all corners of the ground as he went about collecting the highest individual T20I score of 172, was not one against whom one would experiment with their youngest bowler.

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.

Like Finch, Fakhar Zaman of Pakistan was in stellar form in Harare, where he totalled 278 runs in the series, including a match-winning knock of 91 against Australia after Pakistan had slumped to two for two after setting a victory target of 184. D'Arcy Short, despite having an inconsistent run in Zimbabwe, moved into the top-10 for the first time.

He made 165 runs at an average of 41.25 in the tri-series, including a 53-ball 76 in the final. He ended with a career-best 581 points and the 25th place on the table.

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