Harare: Pakistan and Australia, the No.1 and No.2 teams in MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings, face-off for the title after a short but engaging tri-series in Harare on Sunday.
Both teams won three and lost one of their four games in the league stage and each has beaten the other once in their two encounters in the series so far.
For Pakistan, a 45-run victory over Australia in their last league match on Thursday 5 July will act as a morale-booster ahead of the final.
That game was Australia’s first loss in the series, after which they bounced back well to beat Zimbabwe by five wickets on Friday, albeit in a tense finish, to get back to winning ways.
Australia have been bolstered by their captain Aaron Finch, who hit back-to-back half-centuries in the first two games of the series.
After finishing on 68* in Australia’s series opener against Pakistan on 2 July, Finch smashed his own world record by hitting 172 against Zimbabwe, the highest score by any batsman in T20I cricket. Australia won both those games. But he scores 16 and 3 in the final two games.
Australia: Aaron Finch (Capt.), Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Travis Head, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Jack Wildermuth
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (Capt. and wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Sahibzada Farhan
Pitch and conditions
Harare's weather forecast is for clear skies and slightly cool temperatures. After a week of matches, the surface for the final is expected to be on the slow side, and may well take some spin.
Stats and trivia
Pakistan's win over Australia on Thursday means they will retain the No. 1 ICC ranking in Twenty20 internationals irrespective of the result of the final
Sunday July 8, 2018
Start time 10:00 local (08:00 GMT)