First T20: Aaron Finch blasts world-record 156 in Australia victory

Aaron Finch departed in the 18th over and Australia posted 248-6, which England struggled to get anywhere near after slumping to 42-4 midway through the fifth over. The hosts closed on 209-6, with Joe Root unbeaten on 90, and lost to Australia for the first time in any format this Ashes summer.

updated: August 30, 2013 12:43 IST
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Southampton: Aaron Finch plundered 156 off 63 balls for the highest ever Twenty20 international score, setting up Australia's 39-run victory over England on Thursday to open the two-game series. (Finch eyes long-term spot in Australia team)

Finch struck 14 sixes and 11 fours in a stunning innings that easily surpassed the previous world record of 123, held by New Zealand's Brendon McCullum. The right-handed opener's knock contained the most sixes hit by one player in a T20 innings and was Australia's first century in the format.

"It was pretty extraordinary," Australia captain George Bailey said. "We spoke to him about hitting sixes, telling him not to try and hit them 40 rows back. As it was, he hit them 40 rows back." (Related read: Aaron Finch sets new T20 high score)

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