Maxwell claims snubbing Sarfraz's handshake was a 'genuine oversight'

Doug Mendoza
July 9, 2018

Australian batsman Travis Head is bowled out during the T20 cricket match against Pakistan at Harare Sports Club, in Harare, Zimbabwe, Thursday, July 5.

Zaman combined with veteran Shoaib Malik (43 not out) for a fourth-wicket partnership of 107 as Pakistan passed Australia's total with four balls to spare - their highest successful run-chase in T20Is. Rahul's scores of 70, 101 not out, 6 and 19 in his last four T20 internationals against Ireland and England have meant he is just behind Australian captain Aaron Finch and Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman in the rankings.

"He's been brilliant. Finchy and I spoke privately yesterday and I told him he's done a great job at the top of the order", Langer said.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was heard via on-field microphones uttering an obscenity towards Glenn Maxwell after the handshake snub. The others who garnered career-best rankings following the two series were Jason Roy (No. 15 with 641 points), Jos Buttler (No. 17 with 614 points) and Zimbabwe's Solomon Mire, who rose a staggering 202 spots to 25th place on the table. He looks to be a sure starter in the final.

Fakhar shared in a century stand with Shoaib Malik as Pakistan recovered from an early wobble in their pursuit of Australia's 183-8, and Malik then showed all the experience of an 18-year global career to see his team home with an unbeaten 43.

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Coming here on the back of a knock of 84 runs in the one-off T20I against England, Finch jumped three spots to take the top place. However, returns of 16 and 3 in the final two games of the series have slightly diminished the good run of form he had had at the start.

All five of Pakistan's bowlers managed to take a wicket. "He's also been consistent in this format for a long time", Finch said ahead of the Sunday's final.

Pakistan squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan Shinwari, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sahibzada Farhan.

D'Arcy Short, Finch's opening partner, entered the top 10 rankings for the first time.

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