Pakistan secure eight-point lead over India at the top of T20 rankings

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Pakistan consolidated their position as the No1 T20 team in the world as they romped to a stunning six-wicket win over Australia in the T20 tri-series final in Harare on Sunday.

Pakistan started the series on 131 points and ended on 132, with just one defeat in the tri-series that also included Zimbabwe.

The last couple of weeks saw an interesting fight for the No1 ranking with Australia, India and England also being in the hunt.

India won their three-match T20 series against England 2-1 on Sunday and rose to No2 in the rankings, up from third on 123 points to second on 124.

Australia are now down to third in the table with 122 points, down from 126.

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Glenn Maxwell says handshake snub of Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed a case of 'genuine oversight'

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Maxwell has clarified his apparent handshake snub on Sunday.

Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell was at the centre of controversy on Sunday following the T20 tri-series final against Pakistan as he seemed to snub Sarfraz Ahmed’s offer of a handshake.

However, Maxwell clarified the incident was due to a ‘genuine oversight.’

Television replays showed the Australia all-rounder walk past the Pakistan skipper’s outstretched hand after the men in green had completed a six-wicket win in the final.

Maxwell took to Twitter on Monday to clear the air.

“Congrats to Pakistan on their win yesterday, Fakhar Zaman and Shoaib Malik were unstoppable. Sad note to end our tour of Zimbabwe, but still plenty of positives to take out of it,” the 29-year-old’s post read.

“In regards to the incident shown post match, it appears unsportsmanlike, and certainly not the way I play the game. It was a genuine oversight on my behalf and I’m currently looking for Sarfraz in the hotel to shake his hand and congratulate him and his team on their series win,” it added.

Pakistan chased down Australia’s total of 183-8 with opener Fakhar Zaman scoring a brilliant 91. Pakistan’s win was all the more remarkable as they had lost two wickets in the very first over of the chase to Maxwell.

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Shahid Afridi backs Pakistan for World T20 title

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Shahid Afridi is confident in Pakistan's chances.

Shahid Afridi believes Pakistan are moving in the right direction as they approach the World T20 tournament to be played in 2020.

Pakistan defeated Australia in the final of the T20I tri-series, which also saw hosts Zimbabwe compete, on Sunday by six wickets, thanks to Fakhar Zaman‘s 91-run knock.

They are now at the top of ICC’s T20I rankings with 132 points, having won nine successive T20I series, and the former all-rounder feels the team is doing really well.

“I think it’s still a long way to go and I think the way our boys are playing is very good. All the youngsters, they’re doing a great job and Inshallah we’re hoping they’re going to do well for Pakistan.”

Asked if he would like to have a go when that tournament begins, Afridi had a clear answer.

“No, not at all. I’m done, I enjoyed my cricket for Pakistan, I’m playing just my league cricket and I’m enjoying myself.”

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