Harare — A slew of records tumbled as Australia destroyed Zimbabwe by 100 runs in the T20 tri-series in Harare on Tuesday.
Australia captain Aaron Finch powered his way to 172, a world record high score in T20 internationals, and his opening partnership with D’Arcy Short put up 223 runs, another world record.
Australia reached 229/2, the highest total scored against Zimbabwe in a T20 match.
Finch cracked his first six in the fourth over of the morning, and with his third he brought up a 22-ball half century. That was his fastest in T20 internationals.
Australia took 75 from the powerplay, with Finch doing the bulk of the scoring while Short was content to turn the strike over to his big-hitting partner.
When the team hundred came up in the 10th over, Finch had 74 runs to his name, while Short had managed just 19 from the 24 balls he had faced.
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 to over a run a ball. Finch, meanwhile, brought up his second T20 hundred at the end of the 14th over, taking just 50 deliveries. Four overs later, his 15th four took Australia’s score to 200, and Finch moved beyond 150 with a swipe to deep midwicket. He then surpassed his own world record high score of 156 with his ninth six.
Short eventually fell swinging across the line at fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani to be caught for 46, while Finch fell in bizarre circumstances in the final over. Stretching to hit a full delivery from Muzarabani, he kicked his own stumps.
While Muzarabani finished with two wickets to his name, left-arm spinner Tendai Chisoro was the only bowler to escape severe punishment.