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Australia's Finch betters own record for highest T20 score

Last updated on: July 03, 2018 18:41 IST

Aaron Finch

IMAGE: Aaron Finch. Photograph: ICC/Twitter

Australia's Aaron Finch smashed his own record for the highest individual score in a Twenty20 International as Australia destroyed Zimbabwe by 100 runs on Tuesday, in Harare.

Flinch blasted 172 off 76 balls in a tri-series match against Zimbabwe.


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 bizarre hit-wicket dismissal.

Australia's Twenty20 captain attempted a cut shot against a Blessing Muzarabani delivery outside the off-stump but he overbalanced in the process and ended up dislodging the bail when his bat hit the stump.

"The wicket played better than we thought. It came on well," Finch said at the innings break.

"I knew about the records when I was batting, but a few things went my way today. I took the strike from (D'Arcy) Short a bit, but that kind of innings for him will also help him.

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

The 31-year-old also put on a record opening stand of 223 with fellow opener Short, bettering the 171-run stand between New Zealanders Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson against Pakistan in 2016.

Australia posted 229-2 in their 20 overs.

Finch had topscored with an unbeaten 68 in Australia's comprehensive nine-wicket win against Pakistan in their opening game on Monday.

It appeared Zimbabwe might make a fist of their huge chase when openers Solomon Mire and Chamu Chibhabha rushed past 40 in the fourth over, but once they were dismissed regular wickets quickly stalled the innings.

Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar raced through four overs conceding just 16, while Andrew Tye's seamers were even more effective. Tye took 3 for 12 as Australia inflicted one last record against the host Zimbabwe, who slumped to their largest-ever defeat in T20Is.

Zimbabwe will take on Pakistan on Wednesday in the tri-series' next match.

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