Aug
30
2013

Highest Individual T20 International Score



August 29, 2013, was an important day in the history of cricket. Aaron Finch, the 26-year-old Victorian, ransacked England’s bowling with an eye-popping world record 156 (63 balls, 11 fours, 14 sixes), to post the Highest Individual T20 International Score.

166149.2It also happens to be an innings with the best strike rate (247.61) among all those above an score of 100 in International T20s ! t was a ferocious display of hitting from Finch, who had six previous T20 caps, as he tore England’s attack to shreds with a brutal display, in the process going well past Brendon McCullum’s 123 as the highest score in an international Twenty20. Australia’s eventual 248 for 6 was the second-highest total in a T20 international – and the highest in a match involving two Test nations – only Sri Lanka’s 260 against Kenya was out of reach and for a while it appeared they may cross that landmark too.

England, not surprisingly, could not get close – although did pass 200 for only the fourth time in a T20 – despite Joe Root’s entertaining 90 off 49 balls. Tellingly, perhaps, England could only manage five sixes to Australia’s 18.

Fourteen of those came off Finch’s bat, another of the records that he broke during the onslaught. He began with a six first ball, picked up effortlessly off Steven Finn, and it was a theme that would continue throughout. Each of Finch’s landmarks came up with a six; his half-century, from 26 balls; his hundred, off 47, beating McCullum’s record, and his 150.

 

 

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England, not surprisingly, could not get close – although did pass 200 for only the fourth time in a T20 – despite Joe Root’s entertaining 90 off 49 balls. Tellingly, perhaps, England could only manage five sixes to Australia’s 18.

Fourteen of those came off Finch’s bat, another of the records that he broke during the onslaught. He began with a six first ball, picked up effortlessly off Steven Finn, and it was a theme that would continue throughout. Each of Finch’s landmarks came up with a six; his half-century, from 26 balls; his hundred, off 47, beating McCullum’s record, and his 150.

He was on track to beat Richard Levi’s 45-ball hundred against New Zealand, in Hamilton, as the fastest on the international stage but after reducing himself to a couple of singles had to settle for second spot when he launched his 47th delivery, from Stuart Broad, for another six. He was the first Australian to make a Twenty20 international hundred and it took him just 13 more deliveries to power past 150. By then, it had long since stopped being an even contest.

 

 

 

Here is a list of Highest Individual T20 International Scores :

 
Player Runs Balls 4s 6s SR Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
AJ Finch 156 63 11 14 247.61 Australia v England Southampton 29 Aug 2013 T20I # 328
BB McCullum 123 58 11 7 212.06 New Zealand v Bangladesh Pallekele 21 Sep 2012 T20I # 267
RE Levi 117* 51 5 13 229.41 South Africa v New Zealand Hamilton 19 Feb 2012 T20I # 222
CH Gayle 117 57 7 10 205.26 West Indies v South Africa Johannesburg 11 Sep 2007 T20I # 20
BB McCullum 116* 56 12 8 207.14 New Zealand v Australia Christchurch 28 Feb 2010 T20I # 149
TM Dilshan 104* 57 12 5 182.45 Sri Lanka v Australia Pallekele 6 Aug 2011 T20I # 202
MJ Guptill 101* 69 9 6 146.37 New Zealand v South Africa East London 23 Dec 2012 T20I # 295
SK Raina 101 60 9 5 168.33 India v South Africa Gros Islet 2 May 2010 T20I # 155
DPMD Jayawardene 100 64 10 4 156.25 Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe Providence 3 May 2010 T20I # 157
RD Berrington 100 58 10 5 172.41 Scotland v Bangladesh The Hague 24 Jul 2012 T20I # 252

 

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