Finch blockbuster pins Zimbabwe on record-breaking day

record-breaking day
The third match of the T20I tri-series in Zimbabwe between the hosts and Australia witnessed a plethora of records getting broken, thanks to the onslaught by Aaron Finch who scored a career best 172 off just 76 balls, hitting 16 boundaries and ten sixes in the process. Australia managed to get 229 off their 20 overs on the back of the opening stand worth 223 and was broken only in the last over.

Few highlights from the record breaking morning from the Harare Sports Club

Highest individual scores in T20 Internationals

PlayerRunsBalls4s6sSRAgainstVenueDate
Aaron Finch172761610226.31ZimHarare3 Jul 18
Aaron Finch156631114247.61EngSouthampton29 Aug 13
Glenn Maxwell145*65149223.07SLPallekele6 Sep 16
Evin Lewis125*62612201.61IndKingston9 Jul 17
Shane Watson124*71106174.64IndSydney31 Jan 16

1 Individual scores higher than Finch’s 172 in all T20 cricket. Finch was dismissed hit wicket off a wide, agonizingly three runs short of Chris Gayle’s 175 for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors India at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in 2013.

Highest individual scores in T20 cricket

PlayerRunsBalls4s6sSRAgainstVenueDate
Chris Gayle175*661317265.15PWIBengaluru23 Apr 13
Aaron Finch172761610226.31ZimbabweHarare3 Jul 18
H Masakadza162*711411228.16EaglesBulawayo11 Feb 16
Adam Lyth16173207220.54NorthantsLeeds17 Aug 17
B McCullum158*731013216.43RCBBengaluru18 Apr 08
B McCullum158*641311246.87DerbyshireBirmingham3 Jul 15
Aaron Finch156631114247.61vEnglandSouthampton29 Aug 13

76 balls faced by Finch in the innings is the most by any batsman in a T20 International surpassing 71 balls faced by Shane Watson (124*) against India at the SCG in 2016. In all T20 cricket, only Zubair Ahmed of Quetta Bears faced more deliveries in an innings – 77 in a knock of 111* against Larkana Bulls in Karachi in 2014.

26 Boundaries hit in the innings by Finch – 16 fours and ten sixes – the most ever in T20 International innings. The record was previously held by Finch himself when he hit 11 fours and 14 maximums during his knock of 156.

75.11 Finch’s 172 accounts for 75.11% of Australia’s final score of 229 – the highest ever percentage of contribution by an individual in a team’s total across the three formats, where the team got all out or batted the full quota of overs. The only other innings with a 70 % contribution also came in a T20 International when Kane Williamson top scored with 42 in New Zealand’s total of 60 against Sri Lanka in Chittagong in 2014.

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Highest individual percentage contribution in an innings

PlayerPerScoreTotalForAgainstVenueSeasonFormat
Aaron Finch75.11172229/2AusZimHarare2018T20I
K Williamson70.004260NZSLChittagong2013/14T20I
Babar Hayat69.71122175/7HKOmanFatullah2015/16T20I
Viv Richards69.48189272/9WIEngManchester1984ODI
C Bannerman67.34165*245AusEngMCG1876/77Test
240 Runs scored by Finch between his last two dismissals – he scored an unbeaten 68 against Pakistan on Monday (July 2). This is the most made by a batsman between two dismissals in T20Is surpassing Hashim Amla’s 224 runs from three successive outings in 2016 where he scored 69*, 97* and 58.

The first ever 200-plus stand in the format

223 runs partnership by Finch and D’Arcy Short for the first wicket is the highest ever stand for any wicket in the history of all T20Is. The previous highest was the unbeaten 171 run-stand between New Zealand’s Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson against Pakistan in Hamilton in 2016.

Player 1Player 2PartnershipWktForAgainstVenueDate
A FinchD Short2231AusZimHarare3 Jul 18
M GuptillK Williamson171*1NZPakHamilton17 Jan 16
G SmithL Bosman1701SAEngCenturion15 Nov 09
M JayawardeneK Sangakkara1662SLWIBridgetown7 May 10
KL RahulRohit Sharma1651IndSLIndore22 Dec 17

1 Partnerships bigger than the 223-run stand between Finch and Short for any wicket in all T20 cricket. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers put together 229 for Royal Challengers Bangalore for the second wicket against Gujarat Lions at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in 2016.

Highest partnerships in T20 cricket for any wicket

Player 1Player 2PartnershipWktForAgainstVenueDate
V KohliAB de Villiers2292RCBGLBengaluru14 May 16
A FinchD Short2231AusZimHarare3 Jul 18
V KohliAB de Villiers215*2RCBMIMumbai10 May 15
Kamran AkmalSalman Butt209*1Lahore WIslamabadRawalpindi24 Nov 17
Joe DenlyD Bell-Drummond2071KentEssexChelmsford17 Aug 17
A GilchristS Marsh2062KXIPRCBDharamsala17 May 11

209* The previous highest opening wicket stand in all T20 cricket. Salman Butt and Kamran Akmal scored 209 runs without getting dismissed for Lahore Whites against Islamabad in Pakistan’s National T20 Cup in Rawalpindi.

229 by Australia is the highest total made by any side against Zimbabwe in T20Is surpassing 215/6 by Afghanistan in Sharjah in 2016. It also happens to be the first 200-plus total in T20Is hosted by Zimbabwe eclipsing the previous highest total of 198/4 by Pakistan against the home team in Harare in 2011.

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