Short's 76 powers Aussies in T20 final

Oliver Caffrey
D'Arcy Short's 76 wasn't enough as Pakistan beat Australia by 6 wickets in the T20 tri series final

Recalled opening batsman D'Arcy Short has powered Australia to a competitive 8-183 in their Twenty20 tri-series final against Pakistan.

Short was dropped for Australia's final group clash with Zimbabwe on Friday, but responded by hitting a sensational 76 from 53 balls to equal his best score in T20Is.

He put on 95 for the first wicket with captain Aaron Finch (47 from 27 balls) after his opening partner won the toss and batted first at Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe.

Short struggled for momentum early in his innings, but worked through it to find form and finish with seven 4s and four 6s in a major boost for his confidence.

Pakistan didn't help themselves with some sloppy fielding, which included dropping Finch on the first ball he faced.

But wicketkeeper Alex Carey did fall victim to a classic catch from Shadab Khan at mid-off from the bowling of Faheem Ashraf in the 18th over.

Mohammad Amir was Pakistan's best bowler with a haul of 3-33, including two wickets in the final over, to ensure Australia didn't get to 200.

Short's inclusion for Nic Maddinson was the only change Australia made for the game, as Glenn Maxwell moved up to No.3 and Travis Head dropped down to No.5.