The number one ranked Twenty20 side Pakistan cruised to a 45-run victory over high-flying Australia to set up a mouth-watering final scheduled at the same venue on Sunday. Short was also dropped just after he had reached a 39-ball fifty, but he could not better his previous T20I high score of 76 and Pakistan's bowling at the death kept Australia in check.
Fakhar Zaman led the way for them in the chase of 184 runs with a 91-run knock.
In reply, Pakistan were off to a disastrous start.
The match turned out to be very interesting.
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Rahul touched a career-high 854 points following the first match of the T20I series in England - which the visitors won 2-1 - where he scored a match-winning 101, but a dip in the next two games saw him finish with 812 points.
Among the bowlers, legspinners Rashid Khan and Shadab Khan retained the top two positions but there were movements down the table.
(WebDesk) - With the FIFA World Cup fast approaching the more interesting Semifinal round and the Wimbledon starting in England, the three way series between Australia, Pakistan and Zimbabwe wasn't given much of a priority by the sports fans. With scores of 61, 47 and 73 in the T20 Tri-Series already, Fakhar Zaman has been an anchor atop the Pakistani order and Finch knows his wicket will be crucial. "He's also been consistent in this format for a long time", Finch said ahead of the Sunday's final.
Asaf Ali was unbeaten on 37 runs from 18 balls while Hussain Tallat and Shoaib Malik added 30 and 27 respectively as Pakistan raced to a competitive total of 194/7 in 20 overs.
AUSTRALIA: Aaron Finch (capt), Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Travis Head, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Jack Wildermuth.