Australia vs Pakistan, Tri-series Final

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They now have 12 points from four matches, Australia are on eight and play their last match against Zimbabwe this morning and enjoy a superior run rate of 2.421 against Pakistan.

Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman proved his big-match credentials once again as his blistering 91 helped his side clinch the tri-series tournament in Zimbabwe on Sunday (July 8).

4 - Pakistan is the fourth team to win a T20I game after losing two wickets in the first four balls of an inning.

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 recorded a scrappy five-wicket victory against a weakened Zimbabwe with a ball to spare in the last round-robin match of the Twenty20 tri-series on Friday.

In response, Pakistan got off to the worst possible start as they lost two wickets in the opening over bowled by Glenn Maxwell. His presence at the top of the order has provided Pakistan with brisk starts.

Zaman shared in a century stand with Shoaib Malik as Pakistan recovered from an early wobble in their pursuit of Australia's 183 for 8, and Malik then showed all the experience of an 18-year worldwide career to see his team home with an unbeaten 43. "Glad he did well", Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said. "We'll look at everything to make sure we keep flying forward, as is the expectation of the Australian cricket team".

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Shaheen's first wicket was the series' form batsman, Aaron Finch.

"I think nowadays he's in the best form of his life", Ahmed said of Zaman, who was named player of the series for his 278 runs.

Fakhar was the major beneficiary, flashing nine boundaries and a trio of sixes on the way to the highest score of his T20I career thus far - he is Pakistan's leading run-maker in this tournament by a distance, and will require far more careful planning by Australia's pacemen and coaches ahead of the decider.

Both sides had already qualified for Sunday's tournament final, making this game chiefly a chance to gain information and psychological high ground.

Finch too found some terrific touch in the African nation, taking his worldwide T20 run tally past 400 with his mammoth 172 against Zimbabwe, before coming back to earth with scores of 3 and 16 in Australia's last two games.

For Pakistan Mohammad Amir picked up three wickets while Shadab Khan claimed two wickets.

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