Rahul moves to career-high third position in T20I rankings

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In the T20I team rankings, Pakistan retained the top position with their tri-series victory while India overtook Australia to take second place after clinching their three-match series against England 2-1.

Fakhar Zaman, who cemented his reputation as a clutch former on Sunday, has deservedly soared to number two in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) T20I player rankings for batsmen.

Going into the final against Australia, Pakistan knew that even defeat will help them remain on top but victory over Aaron Finch's side meant that they increased their lead to the second-placed side from five points at the start of the tri-series to eight points. First, he added 45 with captain Sarfraz Ahmed to take his team out of immediate danger, and he then added 107 for the fourth wicket with Malik to seize the advantage for Pakistan.

"I think Fakhar Zaman has been outstanding and a real thorn in our side".

The left-handed batsman burst onto the scene during the Champions Trophy in England past year and smashed two fifties to help his team qualify for the final where he cracked a century against India in the final to end the contest within the first 35 overs itself. This was Pakistan's highest successful run chase in T20I.

Zimbabwe was not able to salvage some pride when it lost it's final triangular series match against Australia by wickets at the Harare Sports Club today.

Finch, the captain of the Australia T20I side, also had a remarkable run during the tournament in Zimbabwe, scoring 68*, 172 - a world record in the format - 16, 3 and 47.

Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman also jumped 44 places to reach No 2 spot in the ranking.

Batting first, Australia put up a total of 187 runs with the help of opener D'Arcy Short's 76 runs off 46 balls.

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).

Consider the manner in which the Pakistan side, stung by their nine-wicket loss to Australia in the initial stages of the tri-series, responded to the challenge and one can see what makes them so special. The standing, a career-best number for him, takes him to 690 points, also a career high.

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