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Harare (Agencies): It took just 19 overs for Aaron Finch to bat Zimbabwe out of the game as Australia registered a comprehensive 100-run win in the third match of the T20I tri-series in Harare. The Australian captain smashed 172 – the second highest score in T20s and the highest in T20Is – to power Australia to 229 for 2. In response, Zimbabwe could only manage 129 for 9 to slip to their second consecutive loss.
In Australia’s opening game, Finch took splendid catches, led the side wonderfully and then scored an unbeaten half-century to cap off an easy win over Pakistan. And yet, he wasn’t the one who created the impact that changed the course of the game. It was Billy Stlanlake’s 4 for 8 at the start that knocked the wind out of Pakistan innings. On Tuesday(July 3), though, Finch came out with intent not to be left behind according to the Frontier Post.
Aaron Finch: Australia captain hits 172 against Zimbabwe for new record T20 international score
Australia captain Aaron Finch broke his own record for the highest Twenty20 international score by hitting 172 from 76 balls against Zimbabwe in Harare.
Finch beat the previous highest, which was his 156 against England in 2013.
He just failed to beat Chris Gayle’s record score of 175 for all T20 cricket when he was out hit wicket with two balls of Australia’s innings left.
Finch’s opening stand of 223 with D’Arcy Short is also a record stand for T20 internationals for any wicket.
Australia made 229-2, with Short scoring 46 from 42 balls, and won by 100 runs after the hosts could only reach 129-9 in reply in the third game of a T20 tri-series which also involves Pakistan as reported by BBC.
Finch record 172 in Australia’s biggest T20 win
Harare – Rather than throw a kettle over a pub, it was Zimbabwe pasted all over the Harare Sports Club. Aaron Finch bludgeoned his way to within three runs of Chris Gayle’s world-record Twenty20 score and bettered his own chart-topper in Twenty20 internationals as Australia cantered to a second victory in as many days in the triangular series in Harare.
Placing his stamp on the tournament and Australia’s short-form captaincy, Finch blazed 10 sixes in an opening stand of 223 – with a more subdued D’Arcy Short – that lasted until the final over of the visitors’ innings after they were sent in by Zimbabwe. Left with three balls to make the four runs he required to set a new world record score in all T20 matches, Finch was dismissed hit wicket when aiming for one more mighty blow. Still, he walked off having delivered a comfortably match-winning total for his team.
Despite a rapid start, as Billy Stanlake struggled to replicate the rhythm he had achieved against Pakistan the day before, Zimbabwe never truly threatened in the chase. Ashton Agar and Andrew Tye both delivered tight spells for the Australians, on a sluggish surface that was by no means the easiest for batsmen as posted by The Nation.