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Faheem Ashraf, Tim Seifert rise in rankings after T20I series
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Faheem Ashraf, Tim Seifert rise in rankings after T20I series

Pakistan all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and New Zealand opener Tim Seifert have made significant gains in the ICC rankings following the conclusion of the T20I series on Tuesday.

Seifert set the stage alight with his ravishing strokeplay during the three-match series, amassing an impressive tally of 176 runs at a strike rate of 139.68.

Seifert's extraordinary run spree included an unbeaten 84 in the second T20I that helped New Zealand chase down the 164-run target with nine wickets in hand to clinch the series.

Seifert has thus advanced 24 spots to a career-best ranking of No. 9, trailing behind fellow New Zealand batsman Colin Munro by 10 rating points.

Meanwhile, Faheem was the standout bowler for Pakistan, ending up as his side's second-leading wicket-taker in the series and conceding runs at a frugal economy rate of 5.51.

Faheem also played a pivotal role in Pakistan's consolation win in the final T20I in Napier as he picked up the crucial scalps of Seifert and Kane Williamson in his figures of 3/20. The right-arm seamer has moved up 22 places to 13th spot in the rankings for bowlers.

In the bowling charts, New Zealand's veteran pacer Tim Southee has attained a career-best position of No. 7.

Despite playing two out of the three T20Is, Southee claimed six wickets to finish the series on top of the wicket-takers list.

He was slotted at number 13 before the series but made an instant impact by ripping through the Pakistan line-up on Sunday by returning outstanding figures of 4/21 in New Zealand's commanding victory.

Concurrently, Southee is placed at No. 4 in the Test rankings, which is headed by Australia's pace star Pat Cummins.

Other Pakistan players to progress in the latest update include Mohammad Hafeez, who smashed 140 runs in the last two matches after a golden duck in the series opener, and Mohammad Rizwan.

Hafeez has reached the 33rd spot while Rizwan's match-winning 89 in the third game lifts him 152 places to the 158th position. Shaheen Afridi has moved to a career-best No. 16 whereas Haris Rauf climbed 42 places to the 67th slot.

Pakistan have managed to lose three points in the ICC T20I team rankings but the outcome of the series has not affected their fourth position.