Australia's Aaron Finch breaks his own T20I high score record

Australia's Aaron Finch breaks his own T20I high score record

Australia's Aaron Finch breaks his own T20I high score record

Australian batsman Aaron Finch has set a new record for the highest individual score in an International Twenty20 contest with a brutal innings against Zimbabwe.

Finch was aiming for the record of highest individual Twenty20 score which is now held by West Indies dasher Chris Gayle who piled on 175 for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. He moved beyond the previous world record high score of 156, which he scored against England in 2013, with his ninth six. He also featured in a record-breaking 223-run first-wicket stand with D'Arcy Short, who made 46 as they raised the first double-century stand in a 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.

Top scorer Solomon Mire (28) struck three fours and a six in Billy Stanlake's first over before falling in the tall fast bowler's next over.

Australia forged history by registering the first-ever 200-run partnership in the shortest format of the game. The 31-year-old just needed 50 balls to bring up his hundred, his second in T20Is. "The wicket played a lot better than we thought (it would)".

After toying with Zimbabwe bowlers, Finch told the host broadcaster, "It feels good".

The Australian captain broke his own record to score 173 in Harare. Currently, Chris Gayle holds the record for the highest score in T20s with the West Indian scoring 175 runs in the 2013 Indian Premier League. Yeah I did know about it ( holder of two highest individual T20I scores), it's just one of those days where few things went my way.

A day after leading his team from the front to a big win over the No.1 T20I side - Pakistan, Aaron Finch ran through the record books with a stunning knock.

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