Records tumble as Aaron Finch smashes 172 … in 20 overs

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Australian opener Aaron Finch blazed past his own Twenty20 worldwide batting world record and relegated a pair of Black Caps to second place in Harare.

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

He then surpassed his own world record high score of 156 with his ninth six. The Australian captain blasted 172 in just 76 balls with 16 fours and ten sixes to rewrite the T20I record held by himself.

Australia ended up with 229 runs on the board for the loss of two wickets.

In the process, he registered the highest individual score in T20I cricket, breaking his own record. D'Arcy Short contributed only 46 runs (off 42 balls) to the world-record opening stand of 223.

Australia´s Aaron Finch smashed his own record for the highest individual score in a Twenty20 worldwide on Tuesday, blasting 172 off 76 balls in a tri-series match against Zimbabwe in Harare.

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Finch brought up his second T20I hundred at the end of the 14th over, taking just 50 deliveries.

Finch broke his previous record when he hoisted Mpofu for a six over extra cover in the 19th over.

Finch finished only three runs behind West Indian Chris Gayle's highest Twenty20 score of 175, which he hit in the 2013 Indian Premier League.

Australia took 75 from the Powerplay, with Finch doing the bulk of the scoring while fellow opener D'Arcy Short was content to turn the strike over to his big-hitting partner.

After toying with Zimbabwe bowlers, Finch told the host broadcaster, "It feels good". It's coming on quite nicely.

"It's nice to break my own record", said Finch. The highest individual score against Zimbabwe was Mohammad Shahzad's 118 not out. The wicket played a lot better than we thought. "I took the strike from (D'Arcy) Short a bit, but that kind of innings for him will also help him".