Aaron Finch posts record-breaking T20 knock against Zimbabwe

Heather Diaz
July 4, 2018

Australian opener Aaron Finch blazed past his own Twenty20 global batting world record and relegated a pair of Black Caps to second place in Harare.

Unfortunately, the opener couldn't register the highest score in any T20 game as he was dismissed hit-wicket on the penultimate ball of the innings, falling short by four runs. He hit 14 sixes when he scored the record 156-run knock in 2013.

Finch's sparkling innings of 172 came off just 76 deliveries and included a stunning 16 fours and 10 sixes.

Australia captain Aaron Finch raises his bat on reaching his century during the third match played between Australia and hosts Zimbabwe.

In the process, he registered the highest individual score in T20I cricket, breaking his own record.

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Finch gave another stellar display of power hitting in the T20 tri-series match against Zimbabwe, slamming 172 off 76 balls in Australia's total of 229-2 batting first. Blessing Muazabani managed to get the wickets of Aaron Finch (172) and D'Arcy Short (46). The right hander scored 50 runs from 22 balls before bringing up his second T20I hundred in 50 balls. The previous biggest partnership in T20Is was shared between Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson against Pakistan in 2016 as they accumulated 171 runs.

The Australian captain broke his own record to score 173 in Harare. Only Chris Gayle, with 175, is ahead of him in the list.

"We started off quite well and just got on a little bit of a roll there so I think when you're playing on a really good surface like that in some conditions where the ball travels quite a bit, it was nice to get a few away".

"Feels good. The wicket played a lot better than we thought".

Aaron Finch of Australia now holds the world's top-two Twenty20 worldwide innings after his 172 onslaught in Harare. The highest individual score against Zimbabwe was Mohammad Shahzad's 118 not out.

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