February 18, 2019

Zaman leads Pakistan to T20 tri-series title with win over Australia

09 July 2018, 11:48 | Anna Jefferson

"I thought it was a 170 wicket. I thought we let them get away a little bit- Finch

Australia's star cricketer Glenn James Maxwell has been accused of "disgusting" sportsmanship after reportedly refusing to shake hand with Pakistan players.

Having beaten Pakistan comfortably in their first meeting, the Australians put in an unfocused performance, dropping far too short with the new ball after Finch sent Sarfraz Ahmed's side in to bat to allow Fakhar Zaman to fire off a succession of pull shots on his way to the highest score of the match.

Australian allrounder Maxwell walked past Sarfraz's outstretched hand as the teams shook hands following Pakistan's six-wicket win in the Twenty20 tri-series final in Harare on Sunday.

However, the footage had caused quite a stir on social media. Australia kept the same side that delivered comfortable wins over Pakistan and Zimbabwe to be the first team to reach the decider. "Sad note to end our tour of Zimbabwe, but still plenty of positives to take out of it".

Asaf Ali was unbeaten on 37 runs from 18 balls while Hussain Tallat and Shoaib Malik added 30 and 27 respectively as Pakistan raced to a competitive total of 194/7 in 20 overs.

"In regards to the incident shown post-match, it appears unsportsmanlike, and certainly not the way I play a game".

Maxwell has already clarified in his latest Twitter update that it was a genuine oversight on his part and he missed shaking hands with Sarfraz.

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.

Short is expected to again partner Finch at the top of Australia's order, with wicketkeeper Alex Carey (who performed the role against Zimbabwe on Friday) to drop back down the order.

And they did so despite losing two wickets in the first over, with opener Fakhar Zaman then blasting 91 off 46 balls in the winning cause.

Mohammad Amir was Pakistan's best bowler with a haul of 3-33, including two wickets in the final over, to ensure Australia didn't get to 200.

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