T20 Tri-Series: Team Of The Tournament

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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed (L) holds the series trophy after victory during the final of the tri-series played between Pakistan and Australia in a T20 tri-series at the Harare Sports Club, July 8 2018. (Photo by Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP) (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

T20 Tri-Series: Team Of The Tournament

The Tri-Series in Zimbabwe started with one sided fixtures but came to an end with a scintillating contest between Pakistan and Australia. Pakistan recorded their highest successful run chase to win their ninth consecutive T20I series. Here I look back on the series and pick my T20 Tri-Series: Team Of The Tournament.

1. Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan)

No surprises, the lefty was the man of the tournament as well as final and an automatic selection in the team. Fakhar Zaman was in blistering form throughout the tri-series and accumulated 278 runs at an average of 55.60 which included three half centuries. His most devastating knock came against Australia in the final where he scored 91 off 46.

2. Aaron Finch (Aaron Finch)

With 306 runs to his name at an astonishing average of 76.50 and a strike rate of 201.31 Aaron Finch was the leading run scorer in the series. His best effort was a magnificent 172 off 76 balls where he pulverized the Zimbabwean attack. Finch broke his own record of highest individual score of 156 in T20i which he made against England in 2013. Australian captain hit 19 sixes in the tournament.

3. Solomon Mire (Zimbabwe)

The only one to feature in the team from the host nation is Solomon Mire. He was third on the list of highest run makers with 212 at an average of 53. Mire recorded half centuries against both Pakistan and Australia. His highest individual score was 94 which came against Pakistan.

4. Sarfraz Ahmed (Pakistan)(WK)(C)

The Pakistani skipper was once again brilliant as a leader and took his team to their ninth consecutive series win in T20’s and consolidated their position at the top of the rankings. His most influential knock came in the final where he scored a quick fire 28 off 19 after a  devastating start. Sarfraz’s innings helped in turning the momentum towards Pakistan.
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5. Shoaib Malik (Pakistan)

The veteran Pakistani all rounder reached 2000 T20i runs and became the first man to play 100 T20i during the tournament. Malik’s handy contributions in the middle order were crucial in Pakistan’s success in the Tri-Series. He scored 134 runs and was dismissed only two times in five matches. His highest score of 43* came in the final where he controlled the pace of the innings and knitted a brilliant partnership with Fakhar Zaman to take Pakistan across the line after a shaky start.

6. Asif Ali (Pakistan)

Asif Ali certainly enhanced his reputation as a power hitter in the tournament. He scored 117 runs at a healthy strike rate of 167.14. He was dismissed only once in four innings with 41* being his highest score.

7. Shadab Khan (Pakistan)

The 19 year old was the highest wicket taker with five wickets in the tournament among spinners. Shadab was the joint highest tally of wickets for Pakistan. He also showed his fielding prowess when he took a screamer to dismiss Alex Carey at mid on in the final.

8. Andrew Tye (Australia)

After a successful season in the Indian Premier league where he was the purple cap holder, Andrew Tye was the leading wicket taker in the Tri-Series with 12 scalps. His best figures came against the hosts Zimbabwe where he took 3/12 in his 4 overs.

9. Mohammad Amir (Pakistan)

Amir featured in three matches in the tri series and was the highest wicket taker for Pakistan with five wickets among seam bowlers. His best bowling performance came in the final where he took 3/33 and it was his economical death bowling in the final that was pivotal in not letting Australia reach 200.
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10. Jyhe Richardson

Richardson took 7 wickets in the tournament, joint second highest wicket taker with Stanlake. The most impressive part about the 21 year old was his speed. The Western Australian was consistently touching 145 during his spells and has a bright future ahead of him.

11. Billy Stanlake (Australia)

To complete the playing eleven and bowling line up will be the tall Queenslander, Billy Stanlake. He is second on the list of wicket takers in the series with 7 wickets. His best bowling performance came against Pakistan in the second match where he took 4/8 in 4 overs to destroy Pakistani batting line up. His economy of 6.47 was best in the tournament.

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