ZIM Tri-Series, 2018: Match 3, Zimbabwe vs Australia – Statistical Highlights
Major stats and numbers recorded during Australia’s first T20I against Zimbabwe in more than 10 years.
Updated - Jul 3, 2018 6:42 pm
Australia bounced back strongly after a forgettable tour of England where they failed to register a win as they defeated Pakistan and Zimbabwe by huge margins in the ongoing T20I Tri-Series. The Australian captain Aaron Finch broke his own record of the highest individual T20I score of 172 in just 76 balls. He shared a record 223-run stand with D’Arcy Short as Australia finished with 229/2 in their 20 overs. Zimbabwe tried to be aggressive in the chase scoring 63 runs in the powerplay but regular wickets derailed them and the innings closed on 129/9.
Major stats and numbers recorded during Australia’s first T20I against Zimbabwe in more than 10 years:
1 – Aaron Finch’s innings of 172 is the highest individual score in T20I history surpassing his own record of 156 which he had scored against England in 2013 Southampton T20I.
2 – Only the 2nd time Zimbabwe and Australia faced off in a Twenty20 International game. The first and the previous meeting between the two sides was in the 2007 WT20 where Zimbabwe won by five wickets.
9 – Australia batted first for the first time in nine matches in the T20I format. The Aussies ended up on the winning side in seven of the previous eight games where they were chasing a target.
100 – Australia’s 100-run win in this game is their biggest win in terms of runs in the T20I format. Their previous biggest victory in this format was by 95 runs against South Africa in the 2006 Brisbane T20I.
This is also the biggest defeat in terms of runs for Zimbabwe in T20I cricket as their previous heaviest loss was by 85 runs in the 2011 T20I against Pakistan also in Harare.
116 – The Australian opening stand lasted 116 deliveries (19.2) which is the longest partnership for any wicket in T20I cricket. Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson’s 171* partnership in 2016 against Pakistan lasted 17.4 overs.
223 – The 223-run opening stand between Aaron Finch and D’Arcy Short is the first ever double century partnership in all T20I cricket (Men/Women). The previous highest T20I stand was the 182-run opening stand between Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine against South Africa last month.
The previous highest partnership in Men’s cricket was 171* between Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson in the 2016 Hamilton T20I against Pakistan for the first wicket while chasing.
223 – Finch and D’Arcy Short recorded the highest opening partnership of 223 in Twenty20 cricket. They surpassed the record set by Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt with an unbeaten 209-run stand during the last year’s domestic T20 cup.
This 223-run partnership is the 2nd highest for any wicket in the Twenty20 format behind the 228-run stand between Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers against Gujarat Lions in the 2016 IPL.
229/2 – Australia’s total of 229/2 in this game is the first ever 200+ total on the Zimbabwe soil in the T20I cricket. The previous highest T20I score in Zimbabwe was 198/4 by Pakistan in the 2011 Harare T20I.
229/2 – The total of 229/2 is also the highest T20I score by any team against Zimbabwe. The previous highest made by any side in this format is 215/6 by Afghanistan in the 2016 Sharjah T20I.