Zimbabwe vs Australia - Highlights & Stats

Aaron Finch

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.

Aaron Finch of Australia now holds the world's top-two Twenty20 global innings after his 172 onslaught in Harare. Shane Watson was the first when he scored fifties in three consecutive T20I innings in 2011-2012.

Four overs later, his 15th four took Australia's score to 200, and Finch then moved beyond 150 with a swipe to deep midwicket. He was finally dismissed hit wicket in the last over for 172 in just 76 balls, smashing a total of 16 fours and 10 sixes.

During his knock and partnership with D Arcy Short for the opening wicket, they put together 223 runs for the highest partnership in T20I cricket. It was rather fitting that Finch bettered his own record of 156 runs with a six by mauling Chris Mpofu over extra cover.

172 - This is the highest score by any batsman in T20Is. The 31-year-old just needed 50 balls to bring up his hundred, his second in T20Is.

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"He's a great player and he deserves it, " Finch said of Gayle's record."It was just one of those days where a few things went my way and I hit a few in the middle, which was nice".

The third match of Australia and Pakistan in Zimbabwe T20I Tri-Series, 2018 is between Australia and Zimbabwe which is scheduled today. It's coming on the bat quite nicely.

Australia took 75 from the Powerplay, with Finch doing the bulk of the scoring while Short was content to turn the strike over to his big-hitting partner. The wicket played a lot better than we thought.

In the process, he registered the highest individual score in T20I cricket, breaking his own record.

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