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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.

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Fakhar Zaman. (Photo Source: Twitter)

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.

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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:

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