Finch-led Australia tumble T20I records against Zimbabwe

Lynette Rowe
July 4, 2018

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.

Aaron Finch bettered his highest individual T20I score against Zimbabwe in the third T20 of the tri-series in Harare. In a ferocious display of batting, the Aussie took his team to a mammoth 229/2 after being put in to bat.

Australia ended up with 229 runs on the board for the loss of two wickets.

Finch brought up his second T20I hundred at the end of the 14th over, taking just 50 deliveries. His knock of 172 runs from 76 balls with 16 fours and 10 sixes was laden with boundaries and records on the way.

New Zealand's Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson held the previous T20 worldwide world partnership record of 171, set against Pakistan in 2016.

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After toying with Zimbabwe bowlers, Finch told the host broadcaster, "It feels good".

Finch's sparkling innings of 172 came off just 76 deliveries and included a stunning 16 fours and 10 sixes. The wicket played a lot better than we thought.

He then surpassed his own world record high score of 156 with his ninth six.

"I was the captain of the opposition when he got that (On Chris Gayle's 175)".

Australia took 75 from the powerplay, with Finch doing the bulk of the scoring while fellow opener D'Arcy Short was content to turn the strike over to his big-hitting partner. Afterward, Pakistan kept losing wickets on a regular interval and finally folded out to 116 with one ball to spare. Simon Mire top-scored for Zimbabwe with 28 runs. Andrew Tye was the pick of the bowlers as he returned with figures of 3/12 in his four overs.

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