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NZ vs PAK, 3rd T20I: Allen Finn smashes highest T20I score for New Zealand

Allen Finn, the opening batsman, broke former captain Brendon McCullum’s record for the greatest T20I score by a New Zealand batsman when he hammered a stunning century against Pakistan.

To put it briefly, Allen Finn surpasses Brendon McCullum’s record for New Zealand.

Allen Finn led New Zealand in individual T20I scoring.

Against Pakistan, Finn Allen scored 137 runs off 62 balls.

A youthful, tough gun In the third Twenty20 International against Pakistan, Finn Allen struck 16 sixes, matching a World Record achievement and recording the greatest score by a Kiwi in men’s T20I internationals.

After that, Allen Finn finished with the highest score by a New Zealander in men’s T20I internationals, 137 off 62 balls, surpassing Brendon McCullum’s 123 (72) against Bangladesh in Pallekele in 2012. His six-hit performance was identical to Hazratullah Zazai’s performance in February 2019 in Dehradun against Ireland. In women’s T20Is, Suzie Bates’ 124 against South Africa in 2020 stands as New Zealand’s greatest score.

Third Twenty20 International NZ vs PAK

With the hosts racing to 67/1 in the powerplay with Seifert joining Allen Finn following the early retirement of Devon Conway, who was claimed by Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi may have regretted winning the toss and choosing to bowl.

Even after taking a second wicket (Mark Chapman for 1), Rauf managed to finish with 60 runs, indicating that the early breakthrough had minimal effect on the pace of scoring.

The least costly bowler for Pakistan was Mohammad Wasim, who finished with a 1/35 (4), with New Zealand scoring more than 10 runs per over for most of the innings.

With an Allen six off the first ball of the eighteenth over, New Zealand crossed the 200-run barrier. However, Pakistan managed to stop the bleeding when the opener was bowled by Zaman Khan a bit later, giving up just 13 runs in the last two overs.

In the third Twenty20 international of their five-match series, Allen struck 137 runs off 62 deliveries to lead his team to an enormous total of 224 for 7 in the first innings against Pakistan at the University Oval in Dunedin.

Allen Finn destroyed the Pakistani bowling attack all around the park, shattering a record held by McCullum for twelve years. His T20I score for New Zealand was the highest since it surpassed McCullum’s 2012 mark of 123 against Bangladesh.

Former Australia captain Aaron Finch holds the record for the greatest T20I individual score after smashing 172 runs against Zimbabwe in 2018. In T20I cricket, Allen’s knock also places him fifth in terms of all-time individual scoring.

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With five boundaries and sixteen sixes in his knock, Allen Finn tied the record for the most sixes hit in a T20I inning.

Allen Finn finished with the highest score by a New Zealander in men's T20I internationals
Image Source: ICC

Top scores in men’s T20Is from NZ batters

Allen Finn: 137 off 62 in Dunedin, 2024, against Pakistan

Brendon McCullum’s 2012 Pallekele score against Bangladesh was 123 off 58.

2010 saw Brendon McCullum score 116 off 56 against Australia in Christchurch.

Colin Munro: 2017 Rajkot match, 109 off 57 vs. India

2020: Glenn Phillips, 108 off 51 against the West Indies at Mount Maunganui

Allen Finn and Tim Siefert shared a 125-run stand for the second wicket after Allen Finn lost to Devon Conway early in the first inning. The wicket-keeping batsman made 31 runs before being removed by Mohammad Wasim Junior.

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