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Pakistan beat Australia in tri-series final after blitz from Fakhar Zaman

09 July 2018, 04:45 | Charlene Valdez

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The tri-nation series was played between Pakistan, Australia and Zimbabwe.

However, the captaincy of Aaron Finch was watertight throughout the T20I tri-series, as an inexperienced Australian side pieced together some entertaining performances.

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, who was adjudged Man of the Match, scored a magnificent 91 off 46 balls before being dismissed by Jhye Richardson.

Finch, Australia's new T20I skipper, had a remarkable series in Zimbabwe, with scores of 68 not out, 172 - the highest individual score in T20Is - 16, 3 and 47, rising from fourth spot to the top.

After taking two Pakistan wickets in the first four balls of the innings, Maxwell was smashed for 33 off his last two overs with Sarfraz among the batsmen to go after him.

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

Usman Khan, the fast bowler, and Faheem Ashraf the all-rounder, have completed the fast-bowling attack while Shadab Khan, who has three wickets and 36 runs from No.8 is the only specialist spinner.

"After this tour we'll have a really, really close look at everything we're doing at the moment, including our leadership, which is such an incredibly high priority in Australian cricket", Langer said after Sunday's loss to Pakistan.

Vice-captain Alex Carey with an unbeaten 24-ball 37 was Australia's top scorer while opener D'Arcy contributed 28 runs. "Today's surface wasn't the easiest".

"We didn't get going all day, long way off with the ball and on the field, couldn't then get any partnerships with the bat", Finch said.

"This was a 170 wicket, we let them get away, our fielding was sloppy as well". They stuck to basic plans and did well. Asif Ali and Shoaib Malik did a job for us too. His presence at the top of the order has provided Pakistan with brisk starts.

"Congrats to Pakistan on their win yesterday, Fakhar Zaman and Shoaib Malik were unstoppable".

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