Aaron Finch breaks global T20 record against Zimbabwe

Grant SmithJul 04, 2018

"Just one of those days where a few things went my way", Finch said after his record-breaking knock as Australia amassed 229 in their 20 overs. D'Arcy Short contributed only 46 runs (off 42 balls) to a world-record opening stand of 223.

The hosts saw out their innings at 9-129 as Andrew Tye picked up three wickets.

Australia have now won two games on the trot following from a disastrous tour of England, and Finch suggested that the change of scenery and opposition had made a big difference. With this 76-ball innings, which saw him score as many as 16 fours and 10 sixes, Finch broke a plethora of records.

"This innings is right up there".

"I've got myself to blame for that", Finch said. "It was nice to get a few in the middle and break the record". Since the winter of 2014, Finch's red-ball form has been stellar, with him averaging nearly 50 in both Australia and in England. "The wicket's very good as we know the ball travels here", he said following the knock. Remarkably, left-armer Tendai Chisoro conceded only 19 off his four overs. It was rather fitting that Finch bettered his own record of 156 runs with a six by mauling Chris Mpofu over extra cover.

He and Short perished in the last over.

Australia's T20 captain attempted a cut shot against a Blessing Muzarabani delivery outside the off-stump but he overbalanced in the process and ended up dislodging the bail when his bat hit the stump.

The previous day Australia roared back into form with a nine-wicket win over Pakistan, having lost all six limited overs matches on their horror tour of England without banned stars Steve Smith and David Warner and their frontline pace attack.

Top scorer Solomon Mire (28) struck three fours and a six in Billy Stanlake's first over before falling in the tall fast bowler's next over.

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