Opener hits 156 in Aussie win
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP):Aaron Finch plundered 156 off 63 balls for the highest ever Twenty20 international score to set up Australia's 39-run victory over England yesterday to open the two-game series.
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.
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, losing to Australia for the first time in any format this Ashes summer.
Pakistan level ODI series
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP);Mohammad Hafeez hit an unbeaten century and Junaid Khan took 4-15 as Pakistan claimed a 90-run victory over Zimbabwe yesterday in the second one-day international, taking the three-match series to a decider.
Hafeez anchored Pakistan to 299-4 by hitting 136 off 130 balls with nine fours and five sixes. Brendan Taylor's 79 off 95 balls gave Zimbabwe some hope before the hosts were bowled out for 209 in 42.4 overs, losing their last six wickets for only nine runs.
Zimbabwe claimed a surprise seven-wicket victory on Tuesday - the African nation's first win in a bilateral series against the Pakistanis in 15 years. The third and final match of the series will be played at the Harare Sports Club tomorrow
England players apologise
LONDON (AP):England's cricketers apologised Wednesday after some team members were seen urinating on the field at The Oval as they celebrated the Ashes series victory over Australia.
The fifth and final Ashes test at The Oval in south London was drawn on Sunday, giving England a 3-0 series win and sparking late-night celebrations.
As England players drank beer, Australian journalists in the ground reported seeing some of them urinating on the field.
"The England cricket team would like to state that during our celebrations after winning the Ashes at no time was there any intention to disrespect Surrey CCC (County Cricket Club), The Oval or anyone else involved in the game we love," the team said in a statement released by the England and Wales Cricket Board.