Stats: Aaron Finch chases down his record T20I score against Zimbabwe

Ruben Holloway
July 4, 2018

The hard-hitting right-hander, who surpassed his previous best of 156 against England in 2013, smashed 10 sixes and 16 fours in his blistering innings before his freaky hit-wicket dismissal.

Zimbabwe had won the toss and put Australia in to bat with Finch in explosive form right from the word go.

Australia forged history by registering the first-ever 200-run partnership in the shortest format of the game. When Finch departed, rather bizarrely by being hit wicket, he had become the highest run scorer in T20I.

His innings at Harare Sports Club came from only 76 balls and included 10 sixes and 16 fours.

Finch powered his way to 172 in 223 run partnership with fellow opener D'Arcy Shor, another world record as Australia reached 229 for two - the highest total ever scored against Zimbabwe in a T20I.

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

Short hit a sedate 46 off 42 balls before he was first dismissed by Blessing Muzarabani, off the second ball of the final over.

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

Batting against Zimbabwe in Harare, the explosive opener passed the 156 he made against England in 2013, and was then able to get Chris Gayle's 175 in his sights.

Finch's previous record knock stood for almost five years: 156 off 63 against England at Southampton in 2013.

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"I thought he was going to go with a wide slower ball, so I got back", said Finch. It's coming on quite nicely.

Aaron Finch of Australia now holds the world's top-two Twenty20 worldwide innings after his 172 onslaught in Harare.

172 - This is the highest score by any batsman in T20Is.

Australia took 75 from the Powerplay, with Finch doing the bulk of the scoring while Short was content to turn the strike over to his big-hitting partner.

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