Aaron Finch Australia Zimbabwe tri-series 2018 world record partnership highest
Aaron Finch © AFP

Australia defeated Zimbabwe by 100 runs in the third match of the T20 Tri-Series, at Harare Sports Club. This was Australia’s biggest margin of victory batting first. Their previous record was by 95 runs, against South Africa at Brisbane in 2005-06). Zimbabwe’s previous biggest margin of defeat was by 85 runs. Chasing 230 following a record-breaking show from Aaron Finch, Zimbabwe had a bright start but finished on 129 for 9. Australia now have two wins in two matches, and are placed at the top of the points table. Zimbabwe, unfortunately, languish at the bottom.

Chamu Chibhabha and Solomon Mire started in cavalier fashion, adding 42 for the first wicket in 21 balls. Zimbabwe came at Australia all guns blazing, reaching 71 for 2 in the eighth over. Then the middle-order collapsed against Ashton Agar and Andrew Tye, and once they were 108 for 7 there was really no chance. Six Zimbabwe batsmen — Chibhabha and Mire included — reached double-figures, but of them no one made it thirty.

Bill Stanlake, hero of the Pakistan match, was countered by Chibhabha today. However, Jhye Richardson maintained a tidy line, while Tye and Agar shared 5 wickets.

Earlier, after being asked to bat, Australia smashed 229 for 2. Aaron Finch and D’Arcy Short both batted till the last over before Short fell for a 42-ball 46. The partnership ended at 223, a new world record for any wicket in a match, while Finch (172 in 76 balls) broke his own record for the highest individual score in T20I history.

Brief scores:

Australia 229 for 2 in 20 overs [Aaron Finch 172(76), D'Arcy Short 46(42); Blessing Muzarabani 4-0-38-2]  beat Zimbabwe 129 for 9 in 20 overs [Solomon Mire 28(19), Ashton Agar 4 for 16, Andrew Tye 4-1-12-3] by 100 runs.

Player of the Match: Aaron Finch.