Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Finch occupying crease hitting 68 with 4 fours and 6 sixes

Finch occupying crease hitting 68 with 4 fours and 6 sixes

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.

Finch and Short put on 223 for the first wicket, which topped Williamson and Guptill's previous highest T20 global partnership for any wicket of 171 (unbroken) against Pakistan in Hamilton in January 2016.

Finch followed two deliveries later to give Muzarabani the respectable figures of 2-38 off 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 global.

Finch, who surpassed his previous best of 156 against England in 2013, blasted 10 sixes and 16 fours as Australia posted 229-2 from their 20 overs on their way to clinching a second-straight win in the Tri-Series after Billy Stanlake's four wickets fired them to an opening victory over Pakistan. D'Arcy Short contributed only 46 runs (off 42 balls) to the world-record opening stand of 223.

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Let us take a look at the list of records created during his stay at the crease.

The ICC took a note of the record-breaking events and said, "World record score for Aaron Finch??" The 31-year-old just needed 50 balls to bring up his hundred, his second in T20Is.

Australia forged history by registering the first-ever 200-run partnership in the shortest format of the game.

Finch's previous record knock stood for almost five years: 156 off 63 against England at Southampton in 2013.

Aaron Finch scored 75.11% of Australia's total of 229, which is the highest % of team's total scored by any player in a completed innings in global cricket.

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