Twitter Reactions: Pakistan steamrolls Australia in a thriller to clinch the title
Fakhar Zaman was crowned as both the Player of the Match and the Series.
Published - Jul 8, 2018 5:18 pm | Updated - Jul 8, 2018 5:22 pm
Both Australia and Pakistan came into the final of the triangular series on the back of three consecutive victories. The match at the Harare Sports Club was expected to be an exciting one and it didn’t disappoint the audience by any means. However, it was Sarfraz Ahmed and his troops who emerged triumphant by six wickets. It was also the Green Army’s highest ever run chase in T20Is.
Short shines with the bat
Aaron Finch won the toss and elected to bat first. The first ten overs belonged to the Aussies as the openers Finch and D’Arcy Short blazed away to a partnership of 95 runs from 59 balls. Short, who didn’t have an auspicious tournament until the last match, notched his maiden fifty of the tri-series. The stand was broken by Shadab Khan with the scalp of Finch for 47 runs.
Glenn Maxwell’s poor run of form continued as he became Shadab’s second victim. Marcus Stoinis joined Short and put on 37 runs for the third wicket. He was nipped out by Mohammad Amir and the Yellow Army lost quite a few wickets thereafter, which somewhat undid their impressive start. Short eventually scored 76 runs and Finch’s men finished with 183 runs in 20 overs.
Fakhar steals the show
Pakistan got off to a terrible start as Maxwell wrecked havoc in the first over with the wicket of debutant Sahibzada Farhan and Hussain Talat for golden ducks. Skipper Sarfraz and Fakhar Zaman stitched a stand of 45 runs to bring their team back into contention for a victory. Just when they threatened, Sarfraz perished to a shambolic run-out, balls before the end of the powerplay.
The onus was then on Shoaib Malik and Fakhar to shepherd their side and they did it expertly with a match-winning partnership of 107 runs from 64 balls to make the Men in Green firm favourites to win the match. Zaman looked poised to notch his maiden century, but that didn’t happen as Jhye Richardson picked him up for 91 runs. Asif Ali and Malik scored the remaining runs with four deliveries to spare.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Pakistan’s tri-series win:
Well done to Pakistan on winning the T20 series final against Australia. Great innings from Fakhar Zaman , looks a big match player.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 8, 2018
Welldone team Pakistan for winning the Final of TRI series 😍😍😍😍😍😍
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) July 8, 2018
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) July 8, 2018
Top run chase from the top ranked team in the world. Well done team Pakistan 🇵🇰👏👏👏. Brilliant from Fakhar Zaman what a match winning knock👏👏. @realshoaibmalik did What he does best.Congratulations @SarfarazA_54 congratulations Pakistan.@TheRealPCB #PAKvAUS
— Azhar Ali (@AzharAli_) July 8, 2018
Most runs in a T20I series for Pakistan:
278 – Fakhar Zaman in the tri-series versus Zimbabwe & Australia in 2018
223 – Salman Butt in the 2010 World T20 in West Indies
218 – Misbah-ul-Haq in the 2007/2008 World T20 in South Africa#Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 8, 2018
What an innings by Fakhar Zaman!! #PAKvAUS
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) July 8, 2018
— Israr Ahmed Hashmi (@IamIsrarHashmi) July 8, 2018
Fakhar Zaman (batting on 90) now has the highest individual
score in a T20 International final.
Marlon Samuels held the record till now with scores of 78 & 85* in 2012 & 2016 WT20 finals respectively.#PAKvAUS #AUSvPAK
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) July 8, 2018
Asifffffff wow #PAKvAUS
— Mubashir Zaidi (@Xadeejournalist) July 8, 2018
You just can't beat the experience of Malik and power of Asif #PAKvAUS
— Mirza Zaid (@aM_MirzaZaid) July 8, 2018
— HopeNotOut ✌😎💪 (@AAOfficial313) July 8, 2018
Trash bowling from Wildermuth. No idea how he hasn't gone for 20 runs aready. #PAKvAUS
— Manya (@CSKian716) July 8, 2018
— Aamir Khan (@iAamirPK) July 8, 2018
— Hammad Ahmed Khan (@HammadAhmedKha1) July 8, 2018
A single ball can change the Dynamics of match in T20. #PAKvAUS
— Mirza Zaid (@aM_MirzaZaid) July 8, 2018
The real winner is this stadium crowd! Two guest nations, but the spirit of the home crowd is just as high (or maybe more) as the Aussie and Pakistani fans! Harare, you guys are awesomel! 🇿🇼 #PAKvAUS
— M Taseer Hassan (@taseer_malik) July 8, 2018
Stadium DJ playin dance pe chance!:/
Full marks for situational awareness and relevance.. but maybe hes confusing Malik bhai for Kohli bhai#PAKvAUS
— OAK (@OsmanKhairi) July 8, 2018
— Mariam Jamali (@Mariam_Jamali) July 8, 2018
What a sensible knock this has been by Shoaib Malik. Calculated aggression and calmness on the crease. #PAKvAUS
— HAMZA 🇧🇪 (@ihamzashakil) July 8, 2018
— Philomena 🌈 (@Zee_e_) July 8, 2018
Seriously Talented Fakhar @FakharZamanLive last 5 T20I innings:
61 off 40 balls
6 off 11 balls "which i think it was not out"
47 off 38 balls
73 off 42 balls
91 off 46 balls
MashaAllah Remarkable innings Again Excellent Batting Performances 👏👏#PAKvAUS #TriSeries @TheRealPCB pic.twitter.com/YrcKHKdS3s
— Mazhar Ali (@mazhr_) July 8, 2018