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Finch blitz continues

03 July 2018

Aaron Finch's brilliant international T20 form continued in Australia's opening match of their Qantas Tour of Zimbabwe against Pakistan at Harare Sports Club.

Finch's outrageous 2018 T20I record took another bump on Monday as he blasted an unbeaten 68 from just 33 balls to lead the Aussies to a comprehensive nine-wicket win.

It was nothing new for Australia's recently appointed T20 international skipper; from five T20I innings in 2018, Finch has carved out 226 runs at the astonishing average of 226.

The powerful right-hander has only been dismissed once in matches against England, New Zealand and Pakistan this year, notching scores of 20 not out, 36 not out, 18 not out and 84 before his 68 not out in Australia's series-opener in Zimbabwe.

Pakistan were bowled out for just 116 on the back of Billy Stanlake's remarkable figures of 4-8, a target Australia took just 11 overs to chase down as Finch dominated Pakistan's bowlers.

"When you're chasing a reasonably small total, I think one or two overs can really break the back of the game," the 31-year-old told reporters post-match.

"If you break the game open and then you're chasing 4-4.5 an over, it makes it a lot easier."

Despite his startling form, Finch was quick to highlight the effort of his bowling attack.

"I thought the tone the bowlers set with the ball first up. Especially after you win the toss and bowl on a pretty good wicket, it was fantastic," Finch said.

"To see them be aggressive and bowl fast was nice."

Finch was part of the one-day international side that was whitewashed in the United Kingdom last month, a drubbing that included defeat in a one-off T20 at Edgbaston.

Yet having accounted for England twice on home soil in February on the way to their trans-Tasman T20 tri-series win, Australia presently appear a more potent threat in the shortest format.

Finch's side play Zimbabwe twice and Pakistan once more before the final of this ongoing tri-series in Harare, and four consecutive victories in Zimbabwe could see Australia overtake Pakistan atop the ICC's T20I rankings.

"We've come here to win it obviously. We knew that we've been training well, we've been putting a lot of plans in place that just didn't quite come off in England," Finch said.

"We were probably just 5-10 per cent off in batting, bowling and fielding. It was nice to have a really polished performance to start here."