Australian Aaron Finch has smashed his own record for the highest Twenty20 international score, blasting an astonishing 172 in Australia’s tri-series match against Zimbabwe.
The Australian skipper passed his previous mark of 156 in the 18th over, which he set against England in 2013. Finch continued his rich vein of form on Tuesday as he combined with opening partner D’Arcy Short to put on a 223 stand – the highest partnership in T20I history.
Finch’s overall score came off 76 balls and comprised 16 fours and 10 maximums. On 172 and with two balls of the innings left, the odds favoured him, but in bizarre circumstances he over-balanced chasing a wide one from Blessing Muzarabani and hit his own wicket.
Short was out for 46 with four balls left in the innings at Harare Sports Club, while Finch was dismissed two balls later by hitting his own wicket.
The 31-year-old was only three runs behind West Indian Chris Gayle’s highest Twenty20 score of 175, which he hit in the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL).
After the phenomenal innings, Finch said: “Feeling good. The wicket played better than we thought. It came on well. I knew about the records when I was batting, but a few things went my way today. I took the strike from Short a bit, but that kind of innings for him will also help him,”
Watch Finch innings here-
“When the wickets get slower and lower, that kind of innings will help. I was captain of the opposition when Gayle got 175, so I remembered that record as well! The wicket is very good, so we have to bowl well too,” he added.
Australia finished their 20 overs on 2-229, setting Zimbabwe a near impossible target.