Australia top-order batsman Aaron Finch on Tuesday broke his own record to notch up the highest individual score in Twenty20 International (T20I). Finch played a whirlwind knock to score 172 runs off 76 deliveres during the third T20I match against Zimbabwe in the tri-series at the Harare Sports Club. The 31-year-old Finch’s knock was laced with 16 boundaries and 10 hits over the fence as he batted with a strike rate of 226.31 to pilot Australia to a mammoth 229/2 after being asked to bat first.
Australia forged history by registering the first-ever 200-run partnership in the shortest format of the game. D’Arcy Short scored 46 runs off 42 balls to notch up a 223-run opening stand.
The ICC took a note of the record-breaking events and said, “World record score for Aaron Finch?? And it’s the first 200-run partnership in T20I cricket! The Australia openers are creating history!”
Finch’s previous best came against England, when he scored 156 off 63 balls at Southampton on August 29, 2013. The knock included 11 boundaries and 14 sixes.
His own competition
Finch’s 172 is the highest score in T20Is, breaking the record of 156 set by … Aaron Finch! Not only does he have two hundreds now, he has the top two scores in the format. The previous record had come in 2013 against England in Southampton and he’d taken 63 balls for it.
|Aaron Finch||172||76||16||10||Aus v Zim, Harare, 3 Jul 2018|
|Aaron Finch||156||63||11||14||Aus v Eng, Southampton, 29 Aug 2013|
|Glenn Maxwell||145*||65||14||9||Aus v SL, Pallekele, 6 Sep 2016|
|Evin Lewis||125*||62||6||12||WI v Ind, Kingston, 9 Jul 2017|
|Shane Watson||124*||71||10||6||Aus v Ind, Sydney, 31 Jan 2016|
This is also the second-highest score in all T20s, behind Chris Gayle’s 175* off 66 balls in the Indian Premier League 2013. Finch, as captain of the opposition, was on the receiving end of that one.
The silent partner:
Finch and D’Arcy Short added 223 for the first wicket. It is the first 200-run stand in T20I cricket.
|Aaron Finch, D’Arcy Short||223||1st||Aus v Zim, Harare, 3 Jul 2018|
|Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson||171*||1st||NZ v Pak, Hamilton, 17 Jan 2016|
|Graeme Smith, Loots Bosman||170||1st||SA v Eng, Centurion, 15 Nov 2009|
Last month, Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates added 182 for the first wicket in New Zealand Women’s T20I against South Africa Women at Taunton. The Australians went ahead of this record as the highest partnership for any wicket in all T20Is, men’s or women’s.