T20I Tri Series, ZIM vs AUS, 3rd T20I – Aaron Finch’s Blistering Ton Helps Australia Prevail over Zimbabwe
Australia registered a quite comprehensive 100-run victory against Zimbabwe in the 3rd match of the T20I tri-series to continue their winning run in the tournament.
After defeating Pakistan convincingly on Tuesday, Australia were always going to start as outright favorites for the game against Zimbabwe.
It was yet another historic innings from the blade of Aaron Finch. He smashed scintillating 172 off just 76 deliveries and in the process became the only batsman to score two 150+ scores in T20I cricket. The match was almost sealed when the Aussies scored 228 for two in their first innings. The bowlers then did a terrific job and restricted Zimbabwe to 129 for nine.
It was Zimbabwe skipper Hamilton Masakadza who won the toss and asked Australia to bat. The start provided by Finch was quite spectacular. Finch shared a huge partnership of 223 runs in 19.2 overs. Finch had no respite for any bowlers, as he kept smashing them from the word go. It was power hitting at it’s very best. The inexperienced bowling line-up for Zimbabwe didn’t help the hosts.
Finch smashes Zimbabwe all around the park
Boundaries came flying from Finch’s bat, and there was no respite for the Zimbabwe bowlers. Finch kept smashing the ball all around the park and took Australia over the 200-mark.
Finch’s innings of 172 studded with as many as 16 fours and ten sixes. There is no doubt about the fact this will stand as one of the most destructive innings in the shortest format of the game.
Zimbabwe started off quite fluently with Chamu Chibaba and Solomon Mire striking some delightful shots. The duo shared a 42-run partnership in just 3.2 overs before the downfall for Zimbabwe began.
Wickets kept falling at regular intervals from there, and Zimbabwe failed to keep pace with the target. The target of 230 was always going to be too hot to handle for Zimbabwe, and it was exactly what happened.
Ashton Agar bowled quite brilliantly in the middle-overs. Andrew Tye proved to be the wrecker-in-chief for the visiting team, as he finished with impressive figures of 3/12. Zimbabwe eventually managed to score just 129 runs at the end of their allotted 20 overs. Solomon Mire was the top scorer for Zimbabwe with a quickfire 28.
Australia 229/2 in 20 overs (Aaron Finch 172, Blessing Muzarabani 2/38)
Zimbabwe 129/9 in 20 overs (Solomon Mire 28, Andrew Tye 3/12)
Australia won by 100 runs