T20I Tri-series 2018, ZIM vs AUS: It was a Special Knock - Aaron Finch

Published - 04 Jul 2018, 12:46 PM | Updated - 09 Jan 2019, 06:58 PM

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The numbers went for a toss at Harare, as Australia captain Aaron Finch wrecked havoc on hosts Zimbabwe, in the third T20I of the tri-series.

Finch tears apart Zimbabwe bowlers

Putting on a display of absolute brilliance, Finch set off from the word go and decimated Zimbabwe, as he notched up his second T20I century. Thanks to a superb batting display from Finch, Australia bagged the third game of the series by exactly 100 runs.

Ending with an eye-popping tally of 172 off just 76 deliveries, Finch now holds the record for the highest individual score in T20I’s. Ironically, the second spot is held by him as well, when he hit 156 against England at the Rose Bowl in 2013.

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Australia put on a colossal 229 on board with D Arcy Short complementing Finch in the record opening stand of 223. The target was always going to be colossal ask for Zimbabwe, and it ended up being so, as the hosts could only manage 129 for nine in 20 overs.

Post the knock; Finch was delighted with his innings and called it a special inning.

“Good to get a few out of the middle and break a record,” the Melbourne batsman said with a smile. “I thought we were a bit sloppy in the field today, to be honest, and Zimbabwe came out firing, as we expected with such a total.”

Speaking about the bowling, the right-hander admitted with flat surfaces on offer, the margin of error for the bowlers was quite low indeed.

“Short showed some skill, also Agar, Tye and Maxwell. Shows that there is very little margin for error on such tracks. We bowled really well in the middle part,” he said.

When asked to rate his knock, the Victorian admitted he would rank it among his best so far.

“Right up there obviously, highest individual score and these might not happen often, so it’s special,” said the record breaker.

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