Aaron Finch breaks global T20 record against Zimbabwe

Aaron Finch breaks global T20 record against Zimbabwe

Aaron Finch has smashed his own record for the highest Twenty20 global score, blasting Australia to a 100-run victory over Zimbabwe.

Aaron Finch's score of 172 runs is a new record for the highest T20I score. With this 76-ball innings, which saw him score as many as 16 fours and 10 sixes, Finch broke a plethora of records.

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

When the team hundred came up halfway through the 10th over, Finch had 74 runs to his name, while Short had managed just 19 from the 24 balls he had faced.

Australia forged history by registering the first-ever 200-run partnership in the shortest format of the game.

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

Short eventually fell swinging across the line at fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani to be caught for 46, while Finch fell in freakish circumstances in the final over. "They don't happen very often, so very pleased with it", Finch said after receiving his man-of-the-match award. Short sliced a catch to wicket-keeper Peter Moor, and Finch tried to cut but was overbalanced and hit the stumps with his bat to be out hit wicket, three balls from the end.

It appeared Zimbabwe might make a fist of their 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. He took three for 12 as Australia inflicted one last record against the Zimbabweans, the hosts slumping to their largest ever defeat in T20Is.

Australia sits on top of the table with two victories from two matches after it also defeated Pakistan by nine wickets on Monday. "The wicket played a lot better than we thought (it would)".

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