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Australia vs Pakistan - Final

Series: Australia and Pakistan in Zimbabwe T20I Tri-Series, 2018
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Date & Time: 08 July 2018

Pakistan 187/4 (19.2 Ovs) RR: 9.67 | Pakistan won by 6 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Fakhar Zaman c (sub)Maddinson & b Jhye Richardsonc (sub)Maddinson & b Jhye Richardson9146123
Sahibzada Farhan stumped Maxwellstumped Maxwell0000
Hussain Talat c Jhye Richardson & b Maxwellc Jhye Richardson & b Maxwell0300
Sarfraz Ahmed runout runout 281941
Shoaib Malik Not OutNot Out433731
Asif Ali Not OutNot Out171111
Faheem Ashraf dnbdnb0000
Shadab Khan dnbdnb0000
Mohammad Amir dnbdnb0000
Hasan Ali dnbdnb0000
Shaheen Afridi dnbdnb0000
Extras 8 (b 1, lb 1, w 6, nb 0)
Total 187 (4 Wkts, 19.2 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
2-1 (Sahibzada Farhan,0.1), 2-2 (Hussain Talat,0.4), 47-3 (Sarfraz Ahmed,5.2), 154-4 (Fakhar Zaman,15.6),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Glenn Maxwell3 0 35 2 11.67
Billy Stanlake4 0 25 0 6.25
Jhye Richardson4 0 29 1 7.25
Andrew Tye4 0 33 0 8.25
Marcus Stoinis2.2 0 31 0 14.09
Jack Wildermuth1 0 16 0 16.00
Ashton Agar1 0 16 0 16.00
Aaron Finch0 0 0 0 0
D Arcy Short0 0 0 0 0
Alex Carey0 0 0 0 0
Travis Head0 0 0 0 0


Pakistan continue to have a good run in the T20Is. They have hardly lost anything in the shortest format since T20 WC 2016. No wonder, they are ranked number one in the world. They were blown away by Stanlake when these two sides met for the first time in the series. Post that, the Pakistan batting stepped up - courtesy Fakhar Zaman, who amassed 278 runs this series. Australia, on the other hand, still don't have balanced team. Still over-dependent on Finch. An improved performance when compared to the England series. Still a long way to go though! It's time to say goodbye. We'll be back for the 5-match ODI series between Zimbabwe and Pakistan. For now, you can switch tabs to follow the build-up of the England-India final T20I.

Sarfraz collects the trophy and joins his team-mates who pose for the photographs. All smiles.

Sarfraz: It was a great team effort. Credit to the bowlers, the way they finished. Fakhar Zaman and Malik did the job for us. There were a couple of drop catches and misfielding. In the end, we bowled really well. If you talk about chasing 180+ in the final, it's not an easy task. Fakhar Zaman has been playing well in the series. If you are number 1, there's pressure to retain it. Credit to the boys and team management. We played really good cricket. Looking forward to those matches (ODI series against Zimbabwe). Hopefully we will try our level best.

Fakhar Zaman, Man of the Match and Man of the Series: I like these pitches. I was in form from the first game. In 2016, the wickets weren't good. This time the pitch has been excellent for batting. I tried my best and succeeded. (Key to success) Hardwork in nets, take your time early and then play natural game. We lost two wickets, I told (Malik) I'll play my natural game as 180 is a big score. Even Australia played very well and congratulations to our team for winning.

Finch: I thought we should have got around 200. When you are losing wickets at the end of the innings, you are probably 5-10 runs short. Pakistan played well. We started well with the ball. Zaman played a helluva knock. A 90-odd in a T20 game. It is hard to beat most of the times. We love coming here. People who have come out to support, can't thank Zimbabwe enough.

Undoubtedly, Fakhar Zaman was Pakistan's hero with the bat today. Losing two partners early in the innings, he didn't lose his focus. He took the Aussie bowlers to the cleaners. His third fifty in this tri-series. He missed his maiden T20I ton by 9 runs, but his knock proved to be the difference. Zaman didn't fire in one game, and that was the only match Pakistan lost in this series.

13:21 Local Time, 11:21 GMT, 16:51 IST: This is Pakistan's highest successful chase in T20Is. They chase down Australia's 183 with four balls to spare. Sarfraz is pumped! Fist-pumps in delight after the winning runs were hit. Pakistan, in their chase, lost two wickets in the opening over of the innings to Maxwell. The exciting 45-run stand between Fakhar Zaman and Sarfraz was cut short by a run-out. That's when Pakistan's most experienced player joined his team's most consistent batsman of the series. Shoaib Malik took seven balls to open his account, but played a key role by playing second fiddle to the southpaw. Asif Ali, in the end, applied pressure on himself with a couple of loose strokes, but scored a massive six and the winning four to finish off the match.

Stoinis to Asif Ali, FOUR, Pakistan win the tri-series! A dolly from Stoinis. A hit-me off-cutter, Ali waits for it on the back foot and pulls it over mid-wicket. Win this final by 6 wickets
Stoinis to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, slower ball, Malik - with a crouched stance - swipes it to the right of long-on. Scores level

Marcus Stoinis [2.0-0-26-0] is back into the attack

Just 2 needed off the final over. Malik on strike...

Tye to Asif Ali, 2 runs, full again, Ali drives it down to long-on and makes his ground with a dive at the keeper's end. Tye goes wicketless
Tye to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, sliding down leg, flicked away to long leg
Tye to Shoaib Malik, no run, exposes all the stumps by backing away does Malik and fails to pick the slower delivery. Was in the blockhole and was lucky to get some wood on it. Goes to the keeper on the bounce after evading the stumps

A calm Pakistan dressing room in a chase!

Tye to Asif Ali, 1 run, normal-paced very full ball, wristy drive to long-on

Pakistan are one hit away from victory

Tye to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, fullish ball on the pads, clipped towards backward square leg for a single
Tye to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, lovely shot! Backs away and expertly slices this pitched up delivery over backward point for a boundary. 7 needed off 11
J Richardson to Asif Ali, SIX, massive! Asif Ali is known for shots like these at the death. Another off-paced delivery, overpitched, right in the batsman's arc and Ali deposits it over the sightscreen
J Richardson to Asif Ali, 2 runs, slower ball again, off the back-of-the hand, pulled towards long-on and Finch slides across to parry it to long-off
J Richardson to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, a backing away Malik pulls this short ball with one leg off the ground. A single to deep square leg, who collects it on the bounce
J Richardson to Asif Ali, 1 run, slower ball, pitched up delivery, Ali had ample time to pick it and off-drive it to long-off
J Richardson to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, very full, missed the yorker by an inch or two, smashed down to long-on
J Richardson to Shoaib Malik, SIX, heaved for six! Short of a good length ball, Malik clears the front leg and flogs it over mid-wicket. Had the necessary height and distance to go all the way
Tye to Asif Ali, no run, swing and a miss. The leg-cutter from Tye and Ali is way too early to swing his bat across the line. Four dots and two singles in that over. Are Australia crawling back into this match?
Tye to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, just a hint of extra bounce on this back of a length delivery and Malik nurdles it towards short mid-wicket

29 off 20 needed!

Tye to Asif Ali, 1 run, pitched up, driven down to long-off
Tye to Asif Ali, no run, three dots! An ugly hoick attempted from Ali. The back of a length ball whizzes past the outside edge
Tye to Asif Ali, no run, skiddy ball from a length, defended towards cover
Tye to Asif Ali, no run, pacy back of a length delivery, too close to try the steer in a quest to run it to third man. Misses

Andrew Tye [2.0-0-22-0] is back into the attack

Asif Ali, right handed bat, comes to the crease

J Richardson to Fakhar Zaman, out Caught by (sub)Maddinson!! Fakhar Zaman departs. End of a fine knock. Backed away to flay this short ball over backward point. Got it more square than he anticipated and holes out to deep point. Maddisnon, the sub fielder, did well to hold onto it. Zaman raises his bat as he walks towards the dressing room. He knows that he has done the job for his team. Missed out on the well deserved ton by 9 runs. Fakhar Zaman c (sub)Maddinson b J Richardson 91(46) [4s-12 6s-3]

J Richardson to Fakhar Zaman, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

J Richardson to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, skiddy ball on middle and leg, worked in front of square leg
J Richardson to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, good length delivery, Zaman waits for the slower ball to come to him and taps it in front of backward point with an open face of the bat

Fakhar Zaman on 90!

J Richardson to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, Malik will happily do this all day. A steer down to third man
J Richardson to Shoaib Malik, no run, dropped in front of backward point. Can't steal the single
J Richardson to Shoaib Malik, wide, spills this down leg
J Richardson to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, driven off the inside half to wide long-on

Jhye Richardson [2.0-0-6-0] is back into the attack

Pakistan are cruising towards a win here.

Stoinis to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, sloppy from Agar. Same ball from Stoinis - into the pitch, off-paced short ball outside off, flayed from the crease through covers. Agar, in the deep, over-runs and makes a mess of it. The ball spun away too, which didn't help his cause
Stoinis to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, cracking shot! Another slower ball from Stoinis, off-cutter shortish ball. Zaman moves leg-side, that allows him to free his arms and then slaps it through extra cover. Agar can't get there
Stoinis to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, slow bouncer, Malik waits and waits before jumping and pulling it to fine leg
Stoinis to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, low full toss well outside off to the left-hander, who was exposing his leg-stump. Firmly driven towards extra cover
Stoinis to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, normal-paced short of length delivery, a shuffling across Malik tucks it around the corner


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