A slew of records tumbled as Australia took on Zimbabwe in the Twenty20 tri-series at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday, with the tourists' captain Aaron Finch setting a record score in Twenty20 Internationals.
New Zealand's Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson held the previous T20 global world partnership record of 171, set against Pakistan in 2016.
Australia posted 229-2 in their 20 overs. Yeah I did know about it ( holder of two highest individual T20I scores), it's just one of those days where few things went my way.
With a mountain to climb, Zimbabwe openers, Chamu Chibhabha and Solomon Mire started cautiously and put on a stand of 42.
Finch was aiming for the record of highest individual Twenty20 score which is now held by West Indies dasher Chris Gayle who piled on 175 for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.
With opening partner D'Arcy Short they also relegated New Zealand duo Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill on the partnership record list. When Finch departed, rather bizarrely by being hit wicket, he had become the highest run scorer in T20I.
172 - This is the highest score by any batsman in T20Is. It was rather fitting that Finch bettered his own record of 156 runs with a six by mauling Chris Mpofu over extra cover. The right hander scored 50 runs from 22 balls before bringing up his second T20I hundred in 50 balls.
Australia have now won two games on the trot following from a disastrous tour of England, and Finch suggested that the change of scenery and opposition had made a big difference.
The 31-year-old was only three runs behind West Indian Chris Gayle's highest Twenty20 score of 175, which he hit in the 2013 Indian Premier League.
Zimbabwe will take on Pakistan on Wednesday in the tri-series' next match.