Pakistan clinch the tri-series in Zimbabwe! Back of a length and outside off, slower offcutter from Stoinis, Asif Ali reads it and slugs it away wide of deep midwicket for four
1.21pm There it is. Pakistan seal their highest successful chase to win the tri-series title. Notably, this is their ninth successive T20I series win. Sarfraz runs onto the field and embraces Asif Ali and the uber-cool Shoaib Malik. Australia's openers Finch and Short ran away to 95 for 0 but some excellent end-overs bowling sparked a collapse as Australia lost 8 for 88. Fakhar Zaman then led the chase with a blistering 91 off 46 balls. Stick around for the presentation, ladies and gents.
Bilal: "Wait!!What?? I saw the Australian innings and thought match over Pakistan can't chase and went to sleep, now I've woken up to see this win, come on Pakistan you can't do this to me."
Finch: I thought we should have got around 200 and we just kept losing the wickets, which stalled the momentum. Pakistan played well. Yeah, I thought we started well with the ball. Fakhar Zaman played one hell of a knock. A 90-odd in a T20 game is hard to beat.
Zaman, Player of the Match and Player of the Series: I like these pitches. From the first game, I was in form. I have played here in 2016, the wickets were not that good then. Hard work in nets is the main thing. I take time at the start and play my natural game. After we lost two wickets, I told Safi I will play my natural game. Australia played well. Congratulations to my team
Sarfraz: It's a great team effort. Credit to the bowlers. Then Fakhar Zaman and Malik finished it for us. There were some dropped catches but we took the momentum in the second innings. The way Fakhar is batting and the whole tournament he and Malik batting well. Credit to the boys and management.
Sarfraz collects the trophy and is joined by his team-mates. There's the No. 1 T20I team. That's a wrap of this tri-series. Goodbye
Marshall Raja: "Aus seriously need to have a look at their squad. They need some solidity in their Middle Order and some skill in their bowling. Need to go for a specialist spinner. Agar is neither a batting all-rounder nor a bowling all-rounder."
Shahrukh: "What a way to chase highest total ever! From 2/2 to 187/4. This is why No.1."
Adeel Sheikh: "It happened 2nd time in past 1 year. The team gave Pakistan a humiliating defeat in league game got beaten by them in the Final of the same tournament. First India in CT2017 now Aussies in Tri Series. Fakhar the man once again!"
Ali Hasni: "Today Pakistan played like Australians and Aussie played like Pakistan, such a professional turnaround, never expected!!"
back of a length and outside off, muscled away to long-on
middle-stump yorker, jammed down to long-on for a couple of runs. Pakistan another couple away from victory
slog-swept away to deep fine leg
Nadeem: "Pak got off to an absolute shocker and now they are a couple of hits away from chasing their highest total ever. Amazing. "
Malik backs away outside leg and digs out a yorker to the keeper
Ali bunts a full ball on middle to long-on
shuffles outside leg and nurdles a single past short fine leg
full on middle stump, Malik backs away outside leg and smears it over point for four
Pakistan need 11 off the last two overs
nice and full on off - right in the slot - Asif Ali gets underneath the length and slams it straight over the bowler's head like a boss. The slower ball has been dispatched into the stands
slower ball outside off, pulled away straight of long-on. Finch slides to his left and parries the ball to long-off
banged in short on middle, shovel-pulls to deep square leg
slower ball outside off, driven hard to long-off
near yorker on middle, squeezed away to long-on
length ball on off stump, Malik lines it up and smokes it over the midwicket boundary. Such a smooth swing
Asif aims to mow a length ball over midwicket but is beaten by extra bounce in the corridor
Mubashir: "Wait guys another twist is coming in this match, as we all know.. Pak predictably unpredictable."
turned to the leg side for one
Pratik Jain: "This is definitely a mental weakness with the current Australian team rather than lack of talent. These players don't have the killer instinct that their predecessors had"
full on middle and leg, tapped down to long-off for one now
back of a length and outside off, Ali slogs and misses
fullish on off, dropped to the covers
back of a length and nips away outside off past the outside edge
|Harare Sports Club|
|Toss||Australia, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Player Of The Series|
|Series result||Pakistan won the 2018 ZIM T20 Tri Series|
|Match number||T20I no. 689|
|Match days||08 July 2018 - day (20-over match)|