first_imgAustralia captain Aaron Finch led from the front and struck a world T20 record 172 off just 76 deliveries to help his team thrash Zimbabwe by 100 tuns in the T20I tri-series on Tuesday.Finch’s score was record for the highest individual score in T20 international cricket, bettering the previous best of 156 which he himself had set five years ago against England in Southampton.Finch struck 10 sixes and 16 boundaries to power Australia to 229/2 in 20 overs. Along with the individual score, he was part of a record-breaking 223-run first-wicket stand with D’Arcy Short, who made 46.The previous best was the 171-run unbroken stand between New Zealand’s Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson against Pakistan in Hamilton more than two years ago.Zimbabwe struggled for the second straight match and were restricted to 129/9. Andrew Tye took 3/12 and Ashton Agar picked up 2/16.”Yeah, it was nice to get a few in the middle, and break the record. Could’ve started better with the ball, so I thought we could’ve been more polished in the field.”I thought using the spinners was the right move on the surface. Short was good too, but we bowled well in the middle overs. This innings is right up there. They don’t happen very often, so very pleased with it,” man-of-the-match Finch said at the post-match presentation.Finch tore into the Zimbabwe bowling attack on Tuesday with all of the bowlers conceding over 9 runs per over except for Tendai Chisoro, who managed to give away just 19 runs from his four overs.Blessing Muzarabani was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts as he managed to dismiss Short and Finch in the final over of the innings.advertisementAustralia, who crushed Pakistan in their first game on Monday, top the table with 4 points followed by Pakistan and Zimbabwe.(With AP inputs)last_img

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