Aaron Finch belts highest ever T20 score as Australia wallop Zimbabwe

Australian cricket players celebrate the wicket of Pakistan batsman Muhammad Hafeez center as he walks off the pitch during the T20 cricket match at Harare Sports Club Monday. — AP

Australia's Aaron Finch broke his own world record for the highest individual worldwide T20 score but fell agonisingly short of the highest-ever innings.

Aaron Finch and felow opener DJM Short also recorded the highest partnership of 223 the first 200 plus score by any team in T20Is.

Finch held the previous record of highest individual knock when he made 156 against England at Southampton in 2013. He was finally dismissed hit wicket in the last over for 172 in just 76 balls, smashing a total of 16 fours and 10 sixes.

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"I was playing good white-ball cricket for Australia and couldn't get the runs on the board in red-ball cricket".

Australia reached 229 for two, the highest total ever scored against Zimbabwe in a T20 global as a slew of records were broken during Australia's 100-run victory.

Finch, meanwhile, brought up his second T20I hundred at the end of the 14th over, taking just 50 deliveries. The previous biggest partnership in T20Is was shared between Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson against Pakistan in 2016 as they accumulated 171 runs.

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

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. Yeah I did know about it ( holder of two highest individual T20I scores), it's just one of those days where few things went my way.

"When I was a bit younger I had a chance to be really pushing my case for a few years and I probably had 18 to 24 months of really lean red-ball cricket", Finch said after his record-breaking innings. "The wicket played a lot better than we thought (it would)".

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Short soon began to find the middle of his own bat, though, and took a brace of sixes off Ryan Burl's legspin to take his strike rate over a run a ball.

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