Finch breaks own T20 record score as Aussies crush Zimbabwe

Hope Soto
July 4, 2018

Australia's Aaron Finch broke his own world record for the highest individual worldwide T20 score but fell agonisingly short of the highest-ever innings.

He then surpassed his own world record high score of 156 with his ninth six. D'Arcy Short contributed only 46 runs (off 42 balls) to a world-record opening stand of 223.

Australia reached 229 for 2, the highest total ever scored against Zimbabwe in a T20I.

Behind Finch's two top scores, fellow Victorian Glenn Maxwell is next on the all-time T20I record list after he belted an unbeaten 145 against Sri Lanka in 2016.

Finch and Short put on 223 for the first wicket, which topped Williamson and Guptill's previous highest T20 global partnership for any wicket of 171 (unbroken) against Pakistan in Hamilton in January 2016. The right hander scored 50 runs from 22 balls before bringing up his second T20I hundred in 50 balls. "They don't happen very often, so very pleased with it", Finch said after receiving his man-of-the-match award.

Stretching out to hit a full delivery from Muzarabani, he over-balanced and kicked his own stumps to be out hit wicket.

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"I realized out of the hand that it was a touch wide, so I actually went to let it go and probably just didn't realize how far back onto my stumps I got".

"When the wickets get slower and lower, that kind of innings will help".

Tye took 3 for 12 as Australia inflicted one last record against the host Zimbabwe, who slumped to their largest-ever defeat in T20Is.

The 100-run victory was the biggest margin for Australia in T20Is. Think we can bowl a bit better.

"So new opposition and new environment has made a difference here so far".

"We know Pakistan are a world class side". They lost just one wicket during the chase and crossed the line with nearly 10 overs to spare.

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