Finch rises to top of ICC's T20I rankings


Fakhar was the major beneficiary, flashing nine boundaries and a trio of sixes on the way to the highest score of his T20I career thus far - he is Pakistan's leading run-maker in this tournament by a distance, and will require far more careful planning by Australia's pacemen and coaches ahead of the decider. 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.

While a destructive spell from Billy Stanlake helped Australia hammer Pakistan by nine wickets in the first meeting on Monday, the No 1-ranked T20I side bounced back in emphatic fashion three days later by notching up a 45 run win.

Zaman scored a man-of-the-match cameo 73 runs from 49 balls up the order. After scoring 68 against Pakistan on July 2, Finch smashed his own world record by hitting 172 against Zimbabwe, the highest score by any batsman in T20I cricket.

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.

Babar Azam, Colin Munro and Glenn Maxwell all slipped, occupying the three spots below Finch, Zaman and Rahul.

Among the bowlers, legspinners Rashid Khan and Shadab Khan retained the top two positions but there were movements down the table. "Glad he did well", Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said.

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"We've shown our inexperience over the last six weeks, but we'll be much better for it", said Langer, who also hinted that Finch could also assume the captaincy role in Australia's one-day side.

"This was a 170 wicket, we let them get away". They stuck to basic plans and did well.

"He was superb. Today's surface wasn't the easiest".

"Afridi has been part of the last two, three series, so we wanted to give him an opportunity".

Pakistan toppled Australia on top of the table.

Clarifying that the act was totally unintentional, Maxwell posted a message on social media and wrote, "Congrats to Pakistan on their win yesterday, Fakhar Zaman and Shoaib Malik were unstoppable".