Pakistan face Australia in tri-series final

Australia will aim to polish off glitches before the final against Pakistan

That game was Australia's first loss in the series, after which they bounced back well to beat Zimbabwe by five wickets on Friday, to get back to winning.

Australia and Pakistan had already qualified for Sunday's final after both won three matches each.

Fakhar Zaman, the opening batsman, notched his highest T20I score of 91 and shepherded his team home.

However, the Australia cricket team can regain the second spot if India lose the ongoing three-match T20I series between Men-in-Blue and England today. "Glad he did well", Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said. He looks to be a sure starter in the final. At the conclusion of the tri-series in Zimbabwe also involving Pakistan and Australia and later India vs England, the rankings were updated by the ICC.

Mohammad Amir, after missing the first two matches, returned to the side and picked up twin hauls of 1/25 in each of his two outings in the series.

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In the bowling table, Rashid Khan of Afghanistan and Shadab Khan of Pakistan have retained the top two positions, but there have been a number of movements down the order with Australia's Andrew Tye and Billy Stanlake, and England's trio of Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett and David Willey achieving career-high rankings.

Australia have been bolstered by their captain Aaron Finch, who hit back-to-back half-centuries in the first two games of the series.

Finch, Australia's new T20I skipper, had a remarkable series in Zimbabwe, with scores of 68 not out, 172 - the highest individual score in T20Is - 16, 3 and 47, rising from fourth spot to the top. "If you are the No.1 side you have to stand up". It is Pakistan's highest successful run chase in Twenty20 global cricket and their ninth successive series win in the shortest format of the game.

"I think Fakhar Zaman has been outstanding and a real thorn in our side. Guys had really good plans, but just missed slightly, and that's all it needs to be in T20 cricket against good players", Finch concluded.

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.

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