Shadab Khan made what is arguably the catch of the year in Pakistan’s T20 tri-series final against Australia as he laid out for a jaw-dropping one-handed snag to dismiss Alex Carey.
Australia finished their innings at 183 for 8, but Khan’s highlight catch helped limit the damage. On just his third ball faced, Carey rocketed a drive that looked like a sure boundary, only for Khan to spring into action and snare it at full horizontal stretch.
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Pakistan are set to hand batsman Sahibzada Farhan his international debut in the T20 tri-series final against Australia in Harare on Sunday.
Speaking on the eve of the final, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said top-order batsman Farhan is the only change in the playing eleven.
“Farhan will be making his debut tomorrow and he will open in place of Haris Sohail. Hasan Ali is in the 12-man squad,” Sarfraz said.
Sohail made 16 and nought in two outings in the T20 tri-series.
Farhan has been in fine form in white-ball cricket since March. Playing for Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League, Farhan scored a fine 44 from 33 balls opening the innings in the final in March at Karachi against Peshawar Zalmi, helping his side chase down 149 for the title.
In List A cricket, Farhan has hit 155 and 73 in his last four matches.
Pakistan regained lost ground in the T20 rankings as they returned to 131 points at the top of the table with a six-point cushion.
Pakistan had earlier slipped to 129 points – still number one – after a crushing nine-wicket defeat to Australia in the T20 tri-series in Zimbabwe. The Aussies, meanwhile had risen to second position following two big wins and were just three points behind Sarfraz Ahmed‘s team.
However, following Pakistan’s 45-run win against Australia on Thursday and the Aussies’ scratchy win over hosts Zimbabwe on Friday, Pakistan are back in a comfortable position as the No1 T20 team in the world.
India have won one and lost one T20 in England and are now placed second on 125, six points behind Pakistan. Australia are down to third on 124 points.