A slew of records tumbled as Australia took on Zimbabwe in the Twenty20 tri-series at Harare Sports Club on Wednesday.
Australian captain Aaron Finch powered his way to 172, a new world record high score in Twenty20 Internationals.
Finch and fellow opener D’Arcy Short put on 223, another world record as Australia reached 229 for two, the highest total ever scored against Zimbabwe in a T20I.
Finch cracked his first six in the fourth over of the morning, and with his third he brought up a 22-ball half century.
That was his fastest in Twenty20 internationals.
A magnificent 172 off 76 balls from Aaron Finch has powered Australia to a mammoth 229/2.— ICC (@ICC) July 3, 2018
Zimbabwe have an uphill battle to chase this down!#ZIMvAUS LIVE ⬇️https://t.co/lkIdrNtkMx pic.twitter.com/0zjJDBoaUp
Australia took 75 from the Powerplay, with Finch doing the bulk of the scoring while fellow opener D’Arcy Short was content to turn the strike over to his big-hitting partner.
When the team hundred came up halfway through the 10th over, Finch had 74 runs to his name, while Short had managed just 19 from the 24 balls he had faced.
Short soon began to find the middle of his own bat, though, and took a brace of sixes off Ryan Burl’s legspin to take his strike rate over a run a ball.
NEW RECORD! This is now the highest partnership in men's T20 internationals with Aaron Finch (125*) and D'Arcy Short (43*) taking the score to 0-174 from just 15.3 overs!https://t.co/Xa0yD4YJDL #ZIMvAUS— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) July 3, 2018
Finch, meanwhile, brought up his second T20I hundred at the end of the 14th over, taking just 50 deliveries.
Four overs later, his 15th four took Australia’s score to 200, and Finch then moved beyond 150 with a swipe to deep midwicket.
He moved beyond the previous world record T20I high score of 156, set by Finch himself, with his ninth six.
Short eventually fell swinging across the line at fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani to be caught for 46, while Finch fell in bizarre circumstances in the final over.
Stretching out to hit a full delivery from Muzarabani, he over-balanced and kicked his own stumps to be out hit wicket.
While Muzarabani finished with two wickets to his name, left-arm spinner Tendai Chisoro was the only bowler to escape severe punishment.