Aaron Finch rises to top of T20I rankings

Aaron Finch rises to top of T20I rankings

India beat England by 2-1 to win the three-match series while Pakistan edged Australia in the final to lift the tri-series title.

Earlier, fielding errors allowed Australia to get off to a flier, with Aaron Finch (47) putting together a 95-run opening stand with D'Arcy Short (76).

Australia's stirring charge to the T20I tri-series final ended in a whimper as Pakistan's batsmen made light work of the run chase on Sunday night (AEST).

Finch, the new captain of the Australian T20I side, had a remarkable run during the tournament in Zimbabwe, scoring 68 not out, 172 - a world record in the format - 16, 3 and 47. The side has been extremely dominant, defeating Pakistan by 9 wickets, followed by a 100-run over Zimbabwe. Australia managed to finish at 183 for the loss of 8 wickets.

The Man from Mardan, who made his name with a scintillating century in the ICC Champions Trophy final against India a year ago, was at it again in the Tri-nation T20 series decided against Australia on Sunday.

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Australia appeared to have the second half of the match well under their control when Glenn Maxwell struck twice in the first over, but Fakhar and Sarfraz Ahmed, and then Fakhar and Shoaib Malik led Pakistan's riposte with the bat to wrest back control and hurt Australia's bowlers "badly".

"Hopefully I can get a few (runs) in the final". He is truly a gift that keeps on giving and is a source of inspiration for many a young batsman of humble background around Pakistan. Whilst the Pakistan fielding may have shown some worrying signs of regressing to its mediocre past, the manner in which some of the younger players can field and lift their side is mind boggling too.

It is said that the exuberance of youth is what makes teams special. Witness the superb catch by Shadab to dismiss a very risky looking Alex Carey in the final, and the delight that youth can bring to this side becomes more evident.

"Learning from failure and working hard are important factors for me", he said, adding that he received help and guidance from senior player Shoaib Malik. After the match, Finch said Zaman was a "thorn in the flesh".

Pakistan have made two changes to their XI for the final, handing a debut to 22-year-old opener Sahibzada Farhan at the expense of Haris Sohail, while Hasan Ali has come back into the side of Usman Khan. "I realised that I could play proper cricket shots and be successful, and that's what I've been doing recently". We've certainly seen that in England, and also the last two times we've played Pakistan.

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