Aaron Finch D'Arcy Short Australia Zimbabwe 2018 World record partnership
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Aaron Finch and D’Arcy Short have added a world record 223 for the opening stand against Zimbabwe in the third match of the ongoing Tri-Nation T20 tournament, at Harare Sports Club after Hamilton Masakadza put Australia in. This is now the biggest partnership in the history of T20 Internationals. While Short made his way to a relatively sedate 46 from 42 balls (3 fours, 2 sixes), his captain Finch went hammer and tongs after the Zimbabwe bowlers, breaking his own world record for the highest T20I score. Finch slammed 172 in 76 balls (16 fours, 10 sixes) before getting hit wicket off a wide from Blessing Muzarabani in the last over.

Finch and Short broke the existing record of Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson, who had added an unbeaten 171 against Pakistan at Hamilton in 2015-16, which means Finch and Short have become the first pair to put on 200 runs in a single partnership.

The previous Australian record was 161 between David Warner and Glenn Maxwell, a fourth-wicket stand of 161 against South Africa at Johannesburg in 2015-16.

The previous highest stand against Zimbabwe was an unbeaten 143 between Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad for the second wicket at Harare in 2013. That was also the previous highest score on Australian soil.

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.