Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Aaron Finch breaks own record of highest T20I score vs. Zimbabwe

Aaron Finch breaks own record of highest T20I score vs. Zimbabwe

Australian skipper Aaron Finch sent the Zimbabwe bowlers for a leather hunt as he scored 172 off just 76 balls in the third match of the T20I tri-series involving Pakistan as the third team.

The 31-year-old was only three runs behind West Indian Chris Gayle's highest Twenty20 score of 175, which he hit in the 2013 Indian Premier League.

He and opening partner D'Arcy Short's stand of 223 was the highest-ever global T20 partnership, with Short very much the silent partner with a 42-ball 46.

Finch, meanwhile, brought up his second T20I hundred at the end of the 14th over, taking just 50 deliveries.

He plundered 16 fours and 10 sixes in the highest individual innings in T20 worldwide cricket, which only ended when he overbalanced chasing a wide one and hit wicket off the penultimate delivery of the innings.

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Four overs later, his 15th four took Australia's score to 200, and Finch then moved beyond 150 with a swipe to deep midwicket. The Australian captain blasted 172 in just 76 balls with 16 fours and ten sixes to rewrite the T20I record held by himself. With his 172 runs, Finch also became the highest scoring captain in the format.

16 - The 16 fours Finch hit in this game are the most by any player in a T20I inning.

Short soon began to find the middle of his own bat, though, and took a brace of sixes off Ryan Burl's legspin to take his strike rate over a run a ball.

The 100-run victory was the biggest margin for Australia in T20Is. The wicket played a lot better than we thought.

The powerful right-hander has only been dismissed once in matches against England, New Zealand and Pakistan in 2018, putting up scores of 20*, 36*, 18*, 84 and 68* before his record-breaking knock against Zimbabwe.

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