Aaron Finch belts highest ever T20 score as Australia wallop Zimbabwe

Australia vs Zimbabwe

Australia vs Zimbabwe

Australia's Aaron Finch smashed his own record for the highest individual score in a T20 global on Tuesday, blasting 172 off 76 balls in a tri-series match against Zimbabwe in Harare.

Australia´s Aaron Finch smashed his own record for the highest individual score in a Twenty20 global on Tuesday, blasting 172 off 76 balls in a tri-series match against Zimbabwe in Harare.

The hard-hitting right-hander, who surpassed his previous best of 156 against England in 2013, smashed 10 sixes and 16 fours in his blistering innings before his freakish hit-wicket dismissal.

Remarkably, in a total of 229 for two, Zimbabwe bowler Tendai Chisoro conceded just 19 runs from his four overs.

Finch was finally out hit wicket in the final over, seeing him fall short of the all-time T20 record but set a new record for an individual score in a T20 worldwide.

Australia took 75 from the powerplay, with Finch doing the bulk of the scoring while fellow opener D'Arcy Short was content to turn the strike over to his big-hitting partner. The 31-year-old just needed 50 balls to bring up his hundred, his second in T20Is.

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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.

"He's (Gayle) a great player and he deserves it (the record)", Finch said. Short sliced a catch to wicket-keeper Peter Moor, and Finch tried to cut but was overbalanced and hit the stumps with his bat to be out hit wicket, three balls from the end.

"I realized out of the hand that it was a touch wide, so I actually went to let it go and probably just didn't realize how far back onto my stumps I got".

'When the wickets get slower and lower, that kind of innings will help.

Australia carried on from where they left off against Pakistan on Monday after opening their campaign with a nine-wicket victory. "The wicket's very good as we know the ball travels here", he said following the knock.

"Complacency? Absolutely not", he said. They're number one for a reason.

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