Australia Breaks Records As It Trashes Zimbabwe In Third T20I

Australia Breaks Records As It Trashes Zimbabwe In Third T20I

Aaron Finch smashed 172 off only 76 balls and broke his own world record of highest individual score in a T20 global as Australia crushed Zimbabwe by 100 runs in Zim-Pak-Aus tri-series on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, the opener couldn't register the highest score in any T20 game as he was dismissed hit-wicket on the penultimate ball of the innings, falling short by four runs.

He plundered 16 fours and 10 sixes in the highest individual innings in T20 worldwide cricket, which only ended when he overbalanced chasing a wide one and hit wicket off the penultimate delivery of the innings.

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.

172 - Finch's 172-run knock is the 2nd highest individual innings in all Twenty20 cricket behind Chris Gayle's unbeaten 175 against Pune Warriors in the 2013 IPL game in Bangalore.

New Zealand's Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson held the previous T20 worldwide world partnership record of 171, set against Pakistan in 2016. D'Arcy Short was the second highest scorer in the innings with a steady 42-ball 46. The 31-year-old just needed 50 balls to bring up his hundred, his second in T20Is.

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Artem Dzyuba then converted a penalty three minutes before the break to pull the tournament hosts level at half-time. The heavens opened up with five minutes left on the clock to add to the drama, which would be decided on penalties.

Finch says he only has himself to blame for not playing at Test level.

Finch broke his previous record when he hoisted Mpofu for a six over extra cover in the 19th over.

"It came on well", Finch said at the innings break.

172 - This is the highest score by any batsman in T20Is. The wicket played a lot better than we thought.

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

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