There it is. Pakistan seals 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.”
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.
: It’s a great team effort. Credit goes 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 the 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, and 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!!”
Pakistan never fails to surprise us!