Aaron Finch Highest T20I score world record Australia Zimbabwe T20 T20I 2018
Aaron Finch © AFP

Before today, Aaron Finch held the world record for the highest T20 International score — 156 against England at Southampton in 2013. He went past his own record today, hammering Zimbabwe for 229 in 76 balls in the third match of the T20 tri-series, at Harare Sports Club. Finch smashed 16 fours and 10 sixes, adding a world-record T20I stand for any wicket with D’Arcy Short, who took 42 balls for his 46.

As mentioned, Finch holds the world record for the two highest scores in T20I history. In fact, four of the top five scores are by Australians, as is evident from the list below.

Highest T20 International scores
Score Batsman Team Against Venue Season
172 Aaron Finch Australia Zimbabwe Harare 2018
156 Aaron Finch Australia England Southampton 2013
145* Glenn Maxwell Australia Sri Lanka Pallekele 2016
125* Evin Lewis West Indies India Kingston 2017
124* Shane Watson Australia India Sydney 2015-16

Finch also came within striking distance of the highest score in any T20 match. He fell one boundary short of Chris Gayle’s world record of 175 not out, scored for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) against Pune Warriors India (PWI) at Bengaluru, back in IPL 2013. Finch was leading PWI that day. The third name on the list is of Hamilton Masakadza, who, coincidentally, is leading Zimbabwe today.

Highest T20 scores
Score Batsman Team Against Venue Season
175* Chris Gayle Royal Challengers Bangalore Pune Warriors India Bengaluru 2013
172 Aaron Finch Australia Zimbabwe Harare 2018
162* Hamilton Masakadza Mountaineers Mashonaland Eagles Bulawayo 2015-16
161 Adam Lyth Yorkshire Northamptonshire Headingley 2017
158* Brendon McCullum Kolkata Knight Riders Royal Challengers Bangalore Bengaluru 2008
158* Brendon McCullum Warwickshire Derbyshire Edgbaston 2015
156 Aaron Finch Australia England Southampton 2013

Brief scores:

Australia 229 for 2 in 20 overs [Aaron Finch 172(76), D'Arcy Short 46(42); Blessing Muzarabani 4-0-38-2] vs Zimbabwe.