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Aaron Finch becomes the first Australian batsman to hit 100 sixes in T20Is

March 5, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

Australia captain Aaron Finch has become the first Australian batsman to smash 100 sixes in the shortest format of the game. He achieved the feat in the fourth T20I game against New Zealand at the Sky Stadium. Finch becomes the sixth batsman to enter the elite list. New Zealand's opening batsman Martin Guptill is leading the table with 135 sixes, followed by Rohit Sharma (127 sixes), Eoin Morgan (113 sixes), Colin Munro (107 sixes), and Chris Gayle (105 sixes).

Finch also became the highest run-scorer in the shortest format of the game for Australia. He surpassed his opening partner David Warner to take the top position. In 70 matches, Finch has amassed 2,310 runs, including two centuries and 14 half-centuries. The Australian skipper played an unbeaten knock of 79 runs to displace David Warner from the first spot. Warner has scored 2,265 runs from 81 matches, including a century and 18 half-centuries. Finch played a captain’s knock and single-handedly took Australia to a decent total of 156/6 in 20 overs. His 79 runs off 55 balls included four sixes and five boundaries. 

Australia level T20I series against New Zealand

After winning the toss and deciding to bat first, Australia lost Matthew Wade in the third over. Josh Philippe, Glenn Maxwell, and Marcus Stoinis were dismissed for 13, 18, and 19, respectively, as Australian middle-order crumbled. However, Finch remained at the crease and smashed four sixes in the final over from Kyle Jamieson. After Finch, Stoinis and Maxwell were the next-best scores in the innings. Ish Sodhi, 3 for 32, was most the successful bowler for the Kiwis in the match. 

Talking about New Zealand, only Devon Conway, Tim Seifert, and Kyle Jamieson could score more than ten runs in the match. Australia had the confidence to rope in three spinners, and they shared six wickets for 49 runs. Ashton Agar picked up 2-11, Maxwell scalped 2-14, and Adam Zampa picked up 2-24. Pacer Kane Richardson took 3-19 from his 2.5 overs.

Australia defeated New Zealand by 50 runs in Wellington Friday to level the series at 2-2. Australia and New Zealand will play the fifth and final T20I on March 7 in Wellington. 

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Written By,

Payel Gosh