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KL Rahul attains career-best third T20I ranking

12 July, 2018, 22:14 | Author: Candice Daniels
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Pakistan's free-wheeling opener's game instead marries hand and eye and has made him the leading run-scorer in T20I cricket this year, with 516 runs in 13 innings capped by a career-best 91 when it really mattered against Australia in the tri-series final. The T20I series between India and English team is tied at the 1-1 and the third match of the series is being played on Sunday. His sequence in Zimbabwe read 61, 6, 47, 73 (his career-best score before the final) and 91.

Finch had started the T20Is in fourth position on 763 points and a tour aggregate of 391 runs not only helped him leapfrog Babar Azam, Colin Munro and Glen Maxwell, but also earned him 128 points. With 123 points, India to finish at the second position now.

Earlier, recalled opening batsman D'Arcy Short responded from being dropped for the final group game by hitting 76 from 53 balls to boost Australia's innings. The standing, a career-best number for him, takes him to 690 points, also a career high. Roy has gained 19 places and is now in 15th spot, while Mire has rocketed 202 places to claim 25th position - seven places behind Hamilton Masakadza.

As these runs came on the back of the 84 he scored in the one-off T20I against England, Finch rose three spots from number four to become the new number one in the batsmen's list.

Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman moved to second place in the Twenty20 rankings for batsmen following his solid performance in the tri-series in Zimbabwe. He played his anchor role - if there is such thing in the T20 - to near perfection, just as he did in a match-winning stand with Shahid Afridi, against Sri Lanka at Lord's in 2009.Shoaib's 43 off 37 balls with 3 fours and a six - a watchful unbeaten knock by T20 standards - in a 107 run 4th wicket stand with Fakhar Zaman, simply flattened Australia.

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The latest ICC T20I Rankings are out and there is a huge change in the top three.

Pakistan and Australia will face off each other in the tri-series final at the Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe. England, who now occupy the fourth spot are only three points ahead of West Indies, who are in seventh.

Pakistan have retained top spot in the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings.

If one were to ask for a flawless recipe for making the world's number one-ranked T20I team, the ingredients would revolve around a combination of a young side which has no fear of failure, a ideal blend of youth and experience, a leader who will not take "no" for an answer from his wards when it comes to putting in their best and a head coach who is not shy of setting standards that are the envy of other sides around the world.

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