Friday, 20 July, 2018

Stats: Aaron Finch chases down his record T20I score against Zimbabwe

Australia were ruthless against Pakistan in their opening clash Australia were ruthless against Pakistan in their opening clash
Edward Snyder | 04 July, 2018, 01:47

Australian skipper Aaron Finch sent the Zimbabwe bowlers for a leather hunt as he scored 172 off just 76 balls in the third match of the T20I tri-series involving Pakistan as the third team.

The 31-year-old put on a record opening stand of 223 with fellow opener D'Arcy Short who was unable to replicate Finch's form and was eventually dismissed for a scratchy 46. When Finch departed, rather bizarrely by being hit wicket, he had become the highest run scorer in T20I.

The wickets continued to tumble thereafter, with Andrew Tye claiming a hugely impressive 3-11 from his four overs, and slow-left-arm spinner Ashton Agar pitching in with 2-16 as Zimbabwe crumbled to 129-9, slipping to a second defeat in two.

Finch's sparkling innings of 172 came off just 76 deliveries and included a stunning 16 fours and 10 sixes. With his 172 runs, Finch also became the highest scoring captain in the format.

2 - Aaron Finch reached his second T20I 150. Finch broke his own record of 156 he scored against England in 2013.




Zimbabwe play Pakistan in the next match of the Tri-Series in Harare on Wednesday.

"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 mood in the camp has always been really positive, and I think coming here we've brought that confidence that we had, but probably with a bit more self belief coming into a new tournament against two sides that we haven't played for quite a while compared to a team that dominated us last summer in Australia and then did so again".

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

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