T20 Record Knock

August 30, 2013 by  

T20 Record Knock, Aaron Finch blasted the highest individual score in a Twenty20 international to power Australia to a drought-breaking 39-run win over England in Southampton on Thursday.

Opener Finch smashed a remarkable 156 off 63 balls as Australia scored 6-248 in the first innings, the second-highest international T20 team score.

It was Australia’s first win in any international cricket format in more than 200 days as they landed an overdue blow against England after a 3-0 Ashes series loss.

Former Pakistani refugee Fawad Ahmed (0-43) made his much-awaited debut but the occasion was overshadowed by Finch’s remarkable display of power hitting.

The 26-year-old Victorian had a packed Rose Bowl in awe with an innings that featured a record 14 sixes and 11 fours.

He easily surpassed the previous international record of 123 set by New Zealand’s Brendan McCullum and became the first Australian to score a T20 international century.

Finch’s score was the third-highest in T20, including domestic cricket, behind only knocks from Chris Gayle (175no) and McCullum (158no) in the Indian Premier League.

“It was just one of those days where things seemed to hit the middle of the bat and things went my way,” Finch said.

“I’m still feeling pretty good to be honest.”

Finch has only seven T20 and seven ODI international appearances to his name and he hasn’t been assured of staying on for the six one-day matches that follow the two-game T20 series in the UK, with the squad to be trimmed from 18 to 15.

But he’s done his prospects the world of good for this series and beyond.

“Being in and out of the side is never ideal and I suppose last year I let a couple of chances slip,” the Melbourne Renegades star said.

“For my own confidence and probably for the selectors’ confidence in me, it’s nice to get a big score and repay a bit of that faith in me.”

Australia’s first innings was the second biggest behind Sri Lanka’s 6-260 against Kenya in Johannesburg in 2007.

In response, England managed an admirable 6-209 – their second-highest T20 score – with Test opener Joe Root blasting an unbeaten 90 off 49 balls.

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