HARARE: Shaheen Shah Afridi’s three-for brought Pakistan victory over Australia by 45 runs in the Twenty20 tri-series in Zimbabwe, after opener Fakhar Zaman blazed his way to a career-best 73 to help Pakistan race to 194-7.
Zaman´s knock, along with contributions from the middle order, helped Pakistan reach their highest total of the tournament in a match which is effectively a dress rehearsal for Sunday´s final.
Haris Sohail had chipped the very first ball he faced tamely to D´Arcy Short at midwicket to depart for a golden duck, but Zaman and Hussain Talat steadily wrested control back in the course of a rapid 72-run stand.
Talat cracked three fours and a six before being bowled by Glenn Maxwell´s offspin, but Zaman continued to middle his aggressive strokes.
Zaman surged to a 33-ball 50, his third for Pakistan in this format, with a slog sweep for six, while another big hit off Andrew Tye´s seamers took him past his previous best of 61.