Aaron Finch breaks his own global Twenty20 batting record

Jo Caldwell
July 4, 2018

Aussie opener Aaron Finch has blasted an incredible 172 runs off 76 balls as Australia posted a first innings total of 229 from their 20 overs against Zimbabwe in Harare.

1 - Aaron Finch becomes the first player to break his own record for the highest individual score in a format. With this 76-ball innings, which saw him score as many as 16 fours and 10 sixes, Finch broke a plethora of records.

New Zealand's Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson held the previous T20 global world partnership record of 171, set against Pakistan in 2016.

Australia captain Aaron Finch raises his bat on reaching his century during the third match played between Australia and hosts Zimbabwe.

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"When I was a bit younger I had a chance to be really pushing my case for a few years and I probably had 18 to 24 months of really lean red-ball cricket", Finch said after his record-breaking innings.

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.

Short eventually fell swinging across the line at fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani to be caught for 46, while Finch fell in weird circumstances in the final over.

The Victorian superstar was eventually dismissed in a freaky manner, chasing a wide delivery and accidentally hitting his own stumps inadvertently. "They don't happen very often, so very pleased with it", Finch said after receiving his man-of-the-match award. "Disappointing not to be not out at the end".

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Left-arm spinner Agar and Tye then pinned down the batsmen in the middle overs with Agar taking the key wickets of Masakadza (12) and Tarisai Musakanda (10).

The 100-run victory was the biggest margin for Australia in T20Is. The wicket played a lot better than we thought.

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