KL Rahul Surges In ICC T20I Rankings, Aaron Finch Tops The Chart

In their last two encounters both sides won one match apiece

Finch, the new captain of the Australian T20I side, had a remarkable run during the tournament in Zimbabwe, scoring 68 not out, 172 - a world record in the format - 16, 3 and 47.

Australia's climb up the Twenty20 rankings has been halted by a red-hot Pakistan, losing their tri-series final in Zimbabwe by six wickets. The 31-year-old from Victoria eventually finished the T20Is (also comprising a one-off against England at Edgbaston) in No.1 position on 891 points. And it's safe to say Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman is made of the same material that made Gilchirst what he was.

Pakistan will now be heading into a five-match one day worldwide series against Zimbabwe, slated to begin from July 13.

Credits to opener D'Arcy Short who scored 76 runs from 53 balls and skipper Aaron Finch scored a quick fire of 47 runs off 27 balls. It's a career-best number for him, his first time in the Top 10, with 690 points, also a career high.

In the England vs India series, players with career-best points were Jason Roy (up 19 spots to No. 15 with 641 points) and Jos Buttler (up nine places to No. 17 with 614 points).

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Leg-spinners Rashid Khan and Shadab Khan remained No. 1 and No. 2 in the bowlers' rankings.

It looked as though Australia had produced a masterstroke in opening the bowling with Glenn Maxwell's offspin as debutant Sahibzada Farhan was stumped off the first ball he faced and Hussain Talat sliced a catch to point three balls later to derail Pakistan's chase. Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi is second, while Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh is third.

Fakhar Zaman's brilliant 91 helped Pakistan grab a victory over Australia in the final match of a tri-nation T20I series on Sunday.

The top three sides are now separated by 10 points, while three points separate fourth-ranked England and seventh-ranked West Indies.

If one were to ask for a ideal 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 flawless 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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