Aaron Finch Breaks Own World Record with 172 off 76

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.

Player Score Balls Fours Sixes Match
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.

Players Partnership Wicket Match
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.


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  1. I know that they say you can only beat what’s in front of you but like New Zealand Women thrashing Ireland’s teenage girls, Finch’s efforts against effectively a Zimbabwe A team make a mockery of genuine records.


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