March 20, 2019

Aaron Finch Breaks Own Record As Australia Create T20I History

03 July 2018, 05:30 | Anna Jefferson

Finch recently took over as Australia's T20 captain after Steve Smith's suspension

Aaron Finch

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.

1 - Aaron Finch becomes the first player to break his own record for the highest individual score in a format.

The wickets continued to tumble thereafter, with Andrew Tye claiming a hugely impressive 3-11 from his four overs, and slow-left-arm spinner Ashton Agar pitching in with 2-16 as Zimbabwe crumbled to 129-9, slipping to a second defeat in two.

Short soon began to find the middle of his own bat, though, and took a brace of sixes off Ryan Burl's leg-spin to take his strike rate to over a run-a-ball.

2 - Aaron Finch reached his second T20I 150. It was Australia's first win across formats after nine worldwide matches.

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

Stretching out to hit a full delivery from Muzarabani, he over-balanced and kicked his own stumps to be out hit wicket. The wicket is very good, so we have to bowl well too'.

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.

The 100-run victory was the biggest margin for Australia in T20Is.

The third match of Australia and Pakistan in Zimbabwe T20I Tri-Series, 2018 is between Australia and Zimbabwe which is scheduled today.

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