Twitter Reactions: Aaron Finch’s belligerence continues Australia’s dominating run
Australia have won both their matches and are at the top of the points table.
Updated - Jul 3, 2018 4:51 pm
Australia and Zimbabwe are complete mismatches as far firepower in their lineups are concerned. The start of the triangular series was also different for both teams. The contest panned out to be yet another one-sided encounter as the Aussies won by a mammoth 100 runs and invariably sealed their spot in the Final of the tri-nation series owing to their Net Run Rate of +5.10.
Aaron Finch roars ahead
After Hamilton Masakadza, the Zimbabwean captain won the toss and elected to field first, nothing went right for the home team during the time when Aaron Finch and D’Arcy Short wreaked havoc. Aaron Finch went hammer and tongs from the word go and never allowed the hosts’ bowling to settle. He racked a century in 50 balls after which he went berserk and scored 72 runs in the next 26 balls.
En route his knock of 172 from 72 balls, Finch also broke his own record of the highest individual score in T20Is (156 versus England) back in 2013. Meanwhile, the Victorian also brought up the highest partnership of 223 in T20Is. On the contrary, Short strained to find the middle of the bat and could muster only 46 runs at a tad over a run-a-ball. The Men in Yellow eventually put 229 on the board.
Finch and Co roll Zimbabwe batsmen
In their quest of tracking down a target of 230, Chamu Chibhabha and Solomon Mire blazed away and piled on an opening stand of 42 runs off 21 balls. Jhye Richardson broke the stand and Mire followed suit a couple of overs later to give Billy Stanlake his first wicket. Tarisai Musakanda, who impressed in his debut match, couldn’t survive for long either.
Peter Moor flayed his bat for 19 runs in 11 balls but fell prey to Andrew Tye. Elton Chigumbura’s disappointing run of form continued as he perished for seven runs, becoming Tye’s second victim. Tendai Chisoro, Ryan Burl, and Chris Mpofu went back to the hut in no time. Zimbabwe fell way short of the target but managed to play out their quota of 20 overs.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Australia’s thumping win
Australia outclassed Zimbabwe by 100 Runs,Rain of fours and sixes in Harare,finch scored world record 172 Runs,opening partnership of 223 Runs,brilliant 👏👏 #AUSvZIM
— Saleem Khaliq (@saleemkhaliq) July 3, 2018
Aaron Finch beats Zimbabwe by 43 runs. Australia beat Zimbabwe by 100 runs. #ZIMvAUS
— Sreshth Shah 🏴 (@sreshthx) July 3, 2018
— Megan Schutt (@megan_schutt) July 3, 2018
Must have been some game, this! #AUSvsZIM. One opener on 46, the other on 172!!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 3, 2018
172 off 76 balls from @AaronFinch5 …. Bloody love this era of Cricket ….
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 3, 2018
— R P Singh (@rpsingh) July 3, 2018
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) July 3, 2018
Aaron Finch, what exceptional hitting. 172 in a T20 innings , beating his own world record. Simply Wow #ZIMvAUS
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 3, 2018
Oh you Beast @AaronFinch5 😱
— Siddharth Kaul (@sidkaul22) July 3, 2018
— Fawad Ahmed (@bachaji23) July 3, 2018
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) July 3, 2018
— Pat Cummins (@patcummins30) July 3, 2018
Highest individual score in T20
175* – C Gayle (RCB) 2013
172 – A Finch (AUS) TODAY
162* – H Masakadza (Mountaineers) 2016
161 – A Lyth (Yorkshire) 2017
158* – B McCullum (KKR) 2008
158* – B McCullum (Warwickshire) 2015
156 – A Finch (AUS) 2013#ZIMvAUS #TriSeries
— Farhan Nisar (@farhanwrites) July 3, 2018
Australia's 100-run win v Zimbabwe is their biggest winning margin in terms of runs beating the 95-run margin v South Africa at Brisbane on 9 January 2006 (Aus 209-3 v SA 114)#ZimvAus
— Arthur_S (@allanholloway) July 3, 2018