Aussies bat first in T20 tri-series final

Finch too found some terrific touch in the African nation, taking his global 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.

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

After winning both their first T20I matches in the tri-series, Australia were on a roll at the moment.

Fakhar Zaman's impressive returns in that series - 278 runs from five matches - for Pakistan not only helped his team win the trophy but also propelled him to No. 2 on the rankings with 842 points against his name.

Short put on 95 for the first wicket with Finch (47 from 27 balls) despite him struggling for momentum early in his innings.

The 28-year-old batsman who came into the limelight during the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), termed the tournament as a "game changer" for him.

Among others ending the England v India series with career-best points were Jason Roy (up 19 spots to No 15 with 641 points) and Jos Buttler (up nine spots to No17 with 614 points), but perhaps the most breathtaking rise has been that of Zimbabwe opener Solomon Mire.

Short has broken into the top 10 for the first time in his career in 10th position, moving up 18 places.

Among the bowlers, legspinners Rashid Khan and Shadab Khan retained the top two positions but there were movements down the table.

Glenn Maxwell hit a half-century for Australia as they chased down Zimbabwe's 151 for nine with a ball to spare in a tightly-contested Twenty-20 match Friday. Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi is second, while Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh is third.

The top three sides are now separated by ten points, while three points separate fourth-ranked England and seventh-ranked West Indies.

That challenging total set by the Zimbabweans was thanks mainly to Mire, who helped his team recover from the dismissal of Cephas Zhuwao from the very first ball of the morning. The tournament will feature 16 sides with the remaining six sides hoping to qualify for the World T20 via the ICC Men's World T20 Qualifier 2019.

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