The win by 100 runs in the third T20 International against Zimbabwe is the biggest win for Australia in the format. The team reached this record feat with Aaron Finch smashing a hefty 172 runs in the match. He could have touched Chris Gayle’s record, which was only three runs away to becoming the highest scorer in T20 cricket. Australia scored 229 runs batting first, to which, Zimbabwe replied chasing till 129. The home team wobbled completely, with 28 runs as the highest score in the innings. It is second victory for Australia in the series nicking it away from West Indies.
The partnership of 223 runs between openers Aaron Finch and D’Arcy Short is the first ever 200 runs plus opening stand in the format. It is a record longest partnership in T20 cricket in terms of balls. The players were in their crease until the final over. Blessing Muzarabani removed both of the openers in the last over in a gap of a ball. In the partnership of 19.2 overs, Finch knocked 16 fours and 10 sixes. Short was short by 4 runs to reach a half century, scoring 46 off 42 balls.
Zimbabwe bowlers failed completely to work on the flow of runs. Seven players bowled in the innings. Solomon Mire bowled a single over to pour out 21 runs. The best economic bowling was off TS Chisoro, delivering 11 dot balls.
Australia bowlers had a good control in the chase, even if West Indies began with a sturdy start. In 3.3 overs, CJ Chibhabha and Solomon Mire scored 42 runs. The former shots a four and a six playing 10 balls for 18 runs. Mire played for 28 runs off 19 balls remining in the crease for 5.5 overs. Aston Agar, Johnson Tye, Glenn Maxwell scalped the middle other by the 14th over. When TS Chisoro toppled, the chase was at 108 for 7. RP Burl and Chris Mpofu was done away in the 18th and 19th over, wobbling the chase further to 122 for 9 wickets.
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