Southampton, Aug 30: Australia opener Aaron Finch set a new world record for the highest individual score in Twenty20 International on Thursday (August 29). Finch smashed 156 to power Australia to a 39-run victory over England here.
The right-handed Finch also set another world record by blasting 14 sixes during his 63-ball stunning innings. As a result of Finch's assault, Australia posted 248/6 in 20 overs. In reply, England fell short by 39, ending with 209/6 in 20 overs. Joe Root was the top scorer for the hosts with 90 not out off 49 balls with 13 fours and a six.
The 26-year-old Finch got off the mark with a six and reached half century, hundred and 150 with sixes.
Finch erased the previous highest individual T20I score of 123 by New Zealand's Brendon McCullum.
In his spectacular innings, Finch hit 11 boundaries and 14 sixes. He was dismissed by Jade Dernbach in the 18th over. Finch scored 128 runs in boundaries (44 in fours, 84 in sixes).
The man from Victoria could have broken Richard Levi's record for fastest T20I hundred in 45 balls but fell short by two deliveries. Finch was on 90 in 40 balls but took seven more to get next 10 runs. Finch played for Pune Warriors in this year's Indian Premier League (IPL).
Australia lead the two-match T20I series 1-0. The second and final game is on Saturday (August 31) at Chester-le-Street.
Highest individual scores in T20Is (Top 5)
156 - Aaron Finch (Australia) Vs England, 2013
123 - Brendon McCullum (New Zealand) Vs Bangladesh, 2012
117 not out - Richard Levi (South Africa) Vs New Zealand, 2012
116 not out - Brendon McCullum Vs Australia, 2010
104 not out - Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka) Vs Australia, 2011