Aaron Finch smashes 14 sixes in record T20 innings - video
Australian batsman scores 156 off just 63 balls to destroy England
AUSTRALIAN batsman Aaron Finch put England to the sword in the first T20 international last night, hitting a world record score of 156 off just 63 balls and smashing an astonishing 14 sixes in the process.
It was easily the most destructive innings ever seen in an international match, and records tumbled as the specialist one-day batsman from Victoria stormed his way to his best-ever score, racing from 100 to 150 in just 13 balls.
Finch also became the first Australian to hit a century in a T20 international as his side set their highest-ever score of 248, a record for a match involving two Test-playing nations. Australia went on to win their first match in any form of cricket this year.
In reply to Australia's daunting total, England made a respectable 206 for six off their 20 overs, losing by 39 runs.
Finch's remarkable onslaught eclipsed the previous international record, held by New Zealander Brendan McCullum, who hit a meagre 123 against Bangladesh in 2012.
It was a brutal but still somehow beautifully controlled display of muscle-hitting," writes Barney Ronay in The Guardian, while Andrew McGlashan of Cricinfo says Finch "ransacked England's bowling with an eye-popping world record".
However, Finch could not quite match the extraordinary exploits of West Indian Chris Gayle, who blasted 175 runs off 66 balls in this year's Indian Premier League tournament. ·