Aaron Finch breaks own record of highest T20I score vs. Zimbabwe

Australia were ruthless against Pakistan in their opening clash

Australia were ruthless against Pakistan in their opening clash

Aaron Finch bettered his highest individual T20I score against Zimbabwe in the third T20 of the tri-series in Harare.

Australian captain Aaron Finch powered his way to 172, a new world record high score in T20Is, and his opening partnership with D'Arcy Short put up 223, another world record.

18 - Aaron Finch became the 18th batsman to score three consecutive T20I fifties.

Finch's overall score came off 76 balls and comprised 16 fours and 10 maximums.

With this effort Finch broke his own record set in 2013 when he smashed 156 against England.In reply, Zimbabwe could only manage 129/9 in their allotted 20 overs and succumbed to their second straight defeat of the series.

He plundered 16 fours and 10 sixes in the highest individual innings in T20 worldwide cricket, which only ended when he overbalanced chasing a wide one and hit wicket off the penultimate delivery of the innings.

With opening partner D'Arcy Short they also relegated New Zealand duo Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill on the partnership record list.

2 - Aaron Finch reached his second T20I 150. The highest individual score against Zimbabwe was Mohammad Shahzad's 118 not out.

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

Finch has been in incredible form this year having scored 398 runs at an average of 199, with a strike rate of 218.68 in T20Is.

The 2nd match between Zimbabwe and Australia is going to take place at Harare Sports Club, Harare.

"The mood in the camp has always been really positive, and I think coming here we've brought that confidence that we had, but probably with a bit more self belief coming into a new tournament against two sides that we haven't played for quite a while compared to a team that dominated us last summer in Australia and then did so again".

Brazil cruises past Mexico into World Cup quarter-finals
Meghan Markle’s $1 million wardrobe - and counting