Fantasy Cricket: Dream11 tips for T20 finals-- Pakistan v Australia

Ross Houston
July 9, 2018

Glenn Maxwell, the Australia allrounder, has admitted his apparent snub to Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed following Pakistan's victory in the triangular series final in Harare appeared to be an "unsportsmanlike" gesture, though he maintained it was a "genuine oversight". 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. Aaron Finch, Fakhar Zaman and KL Rahul have leapfrogged the existing table-toppers to become the top-three batsmen in the T20I rankings.

"He's been brilliant. Finchy and I spoke privately yesterday and I told him he's done a great job at the top of the order", Langer said. "Glad he did well", Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said.

The biggest positive emerging out of the last match against Australia was Shaheen Shah Afridi, who, playing only his second T20I and the first game of the series, picked up 3/37 including the wickets of Finch and Maxwell to be a deciding factor in the match.

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.

Australia skipper Aaron Finch (47), who shared a run-a-ball opening stand of 95 with Short, felt his side should have posted closer to 200 on what was a good batting wicket.

Finch was just coming from a historic 172 against Zimbabwe, his T20 best after scoring a 68 against Pakistan earlier in the series.

Nic Maddinson, who managed scores of 5 and 2 in his first two global limited-overs games in almost five years on this tour, has been dropped.

Pakistan have made two changes to their XI for the final, handing a debut to 22-year-old opener Sahibzada Farhan at the expense of Haris Sohail, while Hasan Ali has come back into the side of Usman Khan.

Australia won the toss and elected to bat on a flat track in the final, posting 183 for eight in their 20 overs with the innings anchored by opener D'Arcy Short's stylish 76 from 53 balls.

"I thought we started off very well with the ball but we probably lost our way in the middle there, Fakhar Zaman played a hell of a knock".

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