Zaman's 73 sparks Pakistan to victory against Australia

Zaman's 73 sparks Pakistan to victory against Australia

After being beaten fair and square in the Tri-nations final, Maxwell appeared to ignore Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed's offer for a customary end-of-the-game handshake.

The Man from Mardan, who made his name with a scintillating century in the ICC Champions Trophy final against India a year ago, was at it again in the Tri-nation T20 series decider against Australia on Sunday with his brilliant 91 on 46 balls.

And they did so despite losing two wickets in the first over, with opener Fakhar Zaman then blasting 91 off 46 balls in the winning cause.

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 worldwide cricket. 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".

Afridi finished with three wickets for 37 runs in four overs for Pakistan with the other four bowlers Mohammad Amir, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Usman Khan grabbing a wicket apiece.

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. He has been helped along by his captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, middle-order batsman Shoaib Malik and lower-order hitter Asif Ali, who have all made small yet useful contributions to the team's totals.

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"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.

"Afridi has been part of the last two, three series, so we wanted to give him an opportunity".

"He was superb. Today's surface wasn't the easiest".

"This was a 170 wicket, we let them get away, our fielding was sloppy as well".

Pakistan toppled Australia on top of the table. Zaman's sequence of scores in Zimbabwe read 61, 6, 47, 73 and 91 enabled him to move up 44 spots on the table to reach second spot with 842 points.

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