Pakistan are playing good cricket under Sarfraz Ahmed and this record is a testament to that fact. Pakistan are the first side to win nine consecutive matches while chasing in T20I cricket.
England (2010-2011) and Australia (2016-2018) have won eight T20Is in a row while chasing.
Also, Sarfraz as a captain is the most successful T20I captain in the world with a record of 20 wins in 24 T20Is.
Meanwhile, Pakistan would be locking horns with Australia in the 5th match of the ongoing Twenty20 tri-series. Pakistan are second in the points table with two wins from three matches. Australia top the table as they remain unbeaten and hosts Zimbabwe are yet to open their account.
In all probability Pakistan and Australia will face each other in the finals and hence today’s match is important for both the teams. It would act as the perfect dress rehearsal.
During the ongoing series, we also saw Shoaib Malik become the 4th batsman to breach the 2000-run mark in T20Is.
Australia playing XI (probable): Aaron Finch(c), D Arcy Short, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Nic Maddinson, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake
Pakistan playing XI (probable): Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hussain Talat, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir
When: 5 July 2018, Thursday, 10:00 AMlocal time
Where: The Harare Sports Club, Harare
What to expect: Clear for cricket. Should be bright and sunny with no chances of rain.
After Aaron Finch scored a record 172, a lot would be expected from him and if he gets going it could be doomsday for Pakistan. Pakistan on the other hand would like to beat Australia and get a psychological edge over Australia before the all-important finals.