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Aaron Finch set a new world record for the highest individual T20I score as he blasted his way to 172 from 76 balls against Zimbabwe in Harare on Tuesday and guided Australia to a 100-run win in their second tri-series encounter.

The 223 partnership between Finch and Short is the highest stand ever in T20Is.

On the small Harare ground, Finch took attack to the opposition bowlers and struck 10 sixes and 16 fours in his innings. He was finally dismissed hit wicket in the last over for 172 in just 76 balls, smashing a total of 16 fours and 10 sixes.

Finch followed two deliveries later to give Muzarabani the respectable figures of 2-38 off four overs.

"I was playing good white-ball cricket for Australia and couldn't get the runs on the board in red-ball cricket".

The 124 runs Finch scored in boundaries in this match are the 2nd highest in a T20I game behind 128 during his innings of 156 in 2013.

Australia´s Aaron Finch smashed his own record for the highest individual score in a Twenty20 worldwide on Tuesday, blasting 172 off 76 balls in a tri-series match against Zimbabwe in Harare.

Finch's previous record knock stood for almost five years: 156 off 63 against England at Southampton in 2013.

Finch, meanwhile, brought up his second T20I hundred at the end of the 14th over, taking just 50 deliveries.

"I've got myself to blame for that", Finch said. It's coming on the bat quite nicely.

172 - This is the highest score by any batsman in T20Is.

"When I was a bit younger I had a chance to be really pushing my case for a few years and I probably had 18 to 24 months of really lean red-ball cricket", Finch said after his record-breaking innings.

Australia took 75 from the Powerplay, with Finch doing the bulk of the scoring while Short was content to turn the strike over to his big-hitting partner.