Australia captain Aaron Finch has blasted his way into the record books with an astonishing innings in the T20 international against Zimbabwe.
The Aussie skipper looked like he was going to carry his bat through the entire innings before finally departing for a new T20 world record of 172 runs (76 balls).
Finch’s extraordinary knock saw the Aussies finish on a whopping 2/229.
The end of the 18th over saw another record fall as Australia became the first side in T20 internationals to notch a 200-run opening partnership with Finch and Darcy Short at the crease.
The brilliant innings was the second time Finch has reached the 150-run milestone in T20 internationals – the Aussie skipper actually breaking his own world record.
Finch’s massive six in the second last over saw him surpass his previous T20 best of 156-runs set against England.
All in all, the Aussie skipper hit sixteen fours and 10 sixes to absolutely destroy Zimbabwe’s attack.
Fellow opener Darcy Short was happy to take a back seat as Finch belted the hapless Zimbabwean’s all over the ground, with one brutal six clearing the stands completely.
Short ended up falling four runs short of his half century after being caught out skying a ball in the final over.
Zimbabwe had a chance to catch Finch out off the third-last ball of the innings but he was dropped in the deep.
However, Finch’s remarkable knock ended in bizarre fashion when he hit his own wicket from a wide off the very next ball.
The 31-year-old was only three runs behind the highest score in any T20 match – West Indian Chris Gayle’s 175, which he hit in the 2013 Indian Premier League.
It comes after being on the other end of a one-day series whitewash in England.
Behind Finch’s two top scores, Maxwell is next on the all-time T20I record list after he belted an unbeaten 145 against Sri Lanka in 2016.
Australia’s 2/229 was a target Zimbabwe were never likely to chase down.
The hosts avoided being bowled out at 9-129, with Andrew Tye (3-12) the pick of the Australian bowlers.
It was Australia’s first win against Zimbabwe in T20s after being upset in their only previous meeting at the 2007 World Cup.
Australia carried on from where they left off against Pakistan on Monday after opening their campaign with a nine-wicket victory.
Finch’s team has secured their place in Sunday’s decider, likely against Pakistan, ahead of their final two games on Thursday and Friday.