Pakistan beat Australia by 45 runs in T20 tri-series

QANTAS TOUR OF ZIMBABWE                  LIVE Australia v Zimbabwe T20        06 July 2018

QANTAS TOUR OF ZIMBABWE LIVE Australia v Zimbabwe T20 06 July 2018

But the left-hander had played a pivotal role a match earlier against the home side with a 42-ball 46, ensuring captain Aaron Finch received the lion's share of the strike in their 223-run first-wicket stand, the biggest partnership in T20 worldwide history.

Zaman scored a man-of-the-match cameo 73 runs from 49 balls up the order.

However, Zaman and veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik (43) saw the world No1 team past the finish line.

AUSTRALIA'S long wait to climb to the top of the ICC's T20I rankings goes on after a 45-run loss to Pakistan. Rohit Sharma in 11th (up by two places) and captain Virat Kohli in 12th (down by four places) are the next highest-ranked India batsmen."This (ton in Manchester) is a very satisfying time for me".

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.

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.

D'Arcy Short, Finch's opening partner, entered the top 10 rankings for the first time.

Finch admitted his team rarely got any of the three facets right yesterday.

"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. "We let them back into the game with bat and ball today".

"We know they're an emotional team, and they're a highly skilled team", said Australia captain Aaron Finch about the Greenshirts. Asif Ali and Shoaib Malik did a job for us too.

Maxwell managed a pair of boundaries before he played around a late inswinger from Afridi that pinned him in front of middle stump, and the innings of Nic Maddinson - who made the squad despite being cut from the New South Wales contract list - lasted only eight balls before he misread a well-pitched wrong'un from Shadab Khan and was comfortably stumped. The dashing opener has moved up 44 spots on the table to reach No.2 with 842 points, also the best in his short worldwide career so far.

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