England vs. Australia: Aaron Finch Breaks Records with 156 from 63 Balls in T20

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England vs. Australia: Aaron Finch Breaks Records with 156 from 63 Balls in T20
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Australian opening batsman Aaron Finch played an unforgettable innings to put England to the sword in the first Twenty20 match between the two sides in Southampton.

He began by hooking a six away into the leg side to his first ball—by the time he departed the scene, he had scored 156 from just 63 balls. 

It was the highest score by any batsman in T20 internationals and featured the most sixes (14), along with 11 more boundaries.

What impressed most was Finch's clean-hitting. The pitch at the Ageas Bowl was not the most challenging, with the bounce even and true, but only a couple of his strokes were anywhere near the outside edge. Even they raced away for fours.

There was only one notable batting record that he missed out on—that of the quickest century in T20Is. At 92 from 34 balls, he appeared to have Richard Levi's mark of 45 balls at his mercy, but in the one quiet part of his innings, the landmark slipped by.

Coincidentally, Finch was on the field when another T20 landmark was set earlier this year: Chris Gayle setting an IPL record of 175 (and he reached his century in 30 balls). Finch may be able to have some sympathy for England captain Stuart Broad, because on that day he was the captain for Pune Warriors.

Finch’s knock propelled Australia to an imposing 248 for 6 from their 20 overs and despite a fine, unbeaten 90 from Test opener Joe Root, England fell well short as the tourists claimed a 39-run victory.

The second T20 between the two sides takes place in Durham on Saturday.

Highest T20 knocks in international history
Player Runs Balls 4s 6s SR Team Opposition Match Date
AJ Finch 156 63 11 14 247.61 Australia v England 29 Aug 2013
BB McCullum 123 58 11 7 212.06 New Zealand v Bangladesh 21 Sep 2012
RE Levi 117* 51 5 13 229.41 South Africa v New Zealand 19 Feb 2012
CH Gayle 117 57 7 10 205.26 West Indies v South Africa 11 Sep 2007
BB McCullum 116* 56 12 8 207.14 New Zealand v Australia 28 Feb 2010
TM Dilshan 104* 57 12 5 182.45 Sri Lanka v Australia 6 Aug 2011
MJ Guptill 101* 69 9 6 146.37 New Zealand v South Africa 23 Dec 2012
SK Raina 101 60 9 5 168.33 India v South Africa 2 May 2010
DPMD Jayawardene 100 64 10 4 156.25 Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe 3 May 2010
RD Berrington 100 58 10 5 172.41 Scotland v Bangladesh 24 Jul 2012


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