Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Fakhar Zaman grabs top position in latest T20I ranking

Fakhar Zaman grabs top position in latest T20I ranking

Coming as these runs did on the back of the 84 he scored in the one-off T20I against England, Finch rose three spots from No 4 to becoming the new No1 batsman.

That was in a major part due to Fakhar Zaman.

Australia and Pakistan clash in the final of the T20 worldwide tri-series on Sunday, 8 July at the Harare Sports Club to end an energetic journey.

Aaron Finch's impressive showing in the Twenty20 worldwide triangular series in Zimbabwe helped him jump four places to No. 1 in the latest ICC T20I rankings, it was announced on Monday (July 9).

The left-handed batsman burst onto the scene during the Champions Trophy in England a year ago and smashed two fifties to help his team qualify for the final where he cracked a century against India in the final to end the contest within the first 35 overs itself.

The opener was the first player to break the 900-point mark in the ICC rankings as he moved up three places to finish the tri-series in Harare against Pakistan and Zimbabwe as the top-ranked batsman in T20.

That was after he had led India to victory in the first game of the series with an unbeaten 101.

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Since Sophie's tragic death, most of Aaron's content on his Instagram involved pictures and videos of the two together. Tributes on his Facebook page read: 'You can be with her now.R.I.P Aaron'.

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

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.

As Finch, Zaman and KL Rahul became the new podium holders, they replaced an injured Babar Azam, Colin Munro and Glenn Maxwell and moved below them. He had a fantastic tri-series tournament where he scored 61, 6, 47, 73 and 91 runs to help his team beat Australia in the final.

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

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

Zaman, who put on 107 runs off 64 balls with Malik, finally holed out at deep backward point while going for a big shot off seamer Jhye Richardson. Zimbabwe finished last after losing all four of its games. He ended with a career-best 581 points and the 25th place on the table.

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