Aaron Finch bludgeoned his way to within three runs of Chris Gayle's world-record Twenty20 score and bettered his own record in Twenty20 internationals as Australia registered its biggest T-20I win when it defeated Zimbabwe by 100 runs in Harare.
Australia T-20 captain Finch blazed 10 sixes in an opening stand of 223 - with D'Arcy Short after they were sent in by Zimbabwe. Left with three balls to make the four runs he required to set a new world record score in all T20 matches, Finch was dismissed hit wicket when aiming for one more mighty blow.
Finch faced 76 balls for his 172 runs that included 16 fours and 10 sixes. Finch found his range in the third over of the innings by clattering John Nyumbu for a trio of boundaries in as many balls, and the first six of the innings followed over wide long-on from Mpofu's next over. From there the boundary was reached or cleared with alarming regularity.
In reply, Zimbabwe never truly threatened in the chase as Ashton Agar and Andrew Tye both delivered tight spells for the Australians, on a sluggish surface that was by no means the easiest for batsmen. In the end, Zimbabwe was limited to the most minor of moral victories by not allowing themselves to be bowled out, but the margin was nonetheless Australia's widest in T20 matches.