Since its inception in 2005, T20I matches have consistently increased audience interest in white ball cricket. Many T20 international matches have gone to the final ball, with some even ending in a tie, and such contests have kept the audience’s interest at an all-time high.
There are certain situations where some teams chased the biggest of scores that certainly looked impossible at first. So FactsMinister brings to you the top 5 most successful chases in the history of T20 International Matches.
1.Australia 245/5 vs New Zealand
Australia holds the record for the highest run chase in a T20I against New Zealand on February 16, 2018. It was the fifth T20 match of the Trans-Tasman Twenty20 Tri-Series, and New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill hit a century (105) off 54 balls. Guptill and Colin Munro put on 132 runs for the first wicket, helping them set a target of 244 runs. Following that, Australian opener David Warner and D’Arcy Short came on to chase the target, and they played extremely well, scoring 121 runs for the first wicket partnership. This partnership, as well as Short’s outstanding innings, enabled them to chase the highest target in T20 history.
2.West Indies 236/6 vs South Africa
West Indies finished second to Australia in terms of the highest run chase in T20 international cricket against South Africa on January 11, 2015. South Africa struggled to get off to a good start when batting first, losing two early wickets. Africa, on the other hand, had successfully put 231 runs on the board thanks to Faf du Plessis’ 119 from 56 balls. West Indies’ powerful hitter Chris Gayle, on the other hand, smashed 90 runs from 41 balls in his own style in the second inning. Marlon Samuels’ 60-run knock aided them in easily reaching the target.
3. England (230/8 vs South Africa)
England is ranked third in the world for the highest run chase in T20 internationals, having defeated South Africa in Mumbai on March 18, 2016. Batting first, Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock got off to a good start, putting on 96 runs in pairs for the first wicket. In addition, J P Duminy smashed an unbeaten 54-run knock to help South Africa cross the 200-run mark and set a total of 230 runs for England. In the chase, England’s batsmen began aggressively and dominated the opposition. The openers got off to a good start, and Joe Root’s 83 runs helped them easily reach the target.
4. England (226/5 vs South Africa)
England is also the fourth one in the world for setting the highest run chase in T20Is. This is their second-highest run chase in the T20 internationals against South Africa, which took place at Centurion on February 16, 2020. While batting first, African batsmen started well and maintained a run rate of more than ten throughout the inning, resulting in a total of 222. Temba Bavuma’s 49 runs and Heinrich Klaasen’s 66 runs contributed to them setting a lofty target for England. On the other hand, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, and Eoin Morgan played very well and helped the team reach the target in 19.1 overs.
5. Bangladesh (215/5 vs Sri Lanka)
Bangladesh is ranked fifth in the world for the highest run chase in a T20I. They did it against Sri Lanka at Colombo (RPS) on March 10, 2018. Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bowl, eventually putting the opposition out for 214 runs. Sri Lanka’s top-order batsmen Kusal Mendis (57 runs) and Kusal Perera (74 runs) aided them in passing the 200-run mark. Bangladesh got off to a good start in the second innings, scoring 74 runs for the first wicket. Mushfiqur Rahim then finished off the job by making 72 runs off 35 balls. As a result, Bangladesh won the match and moved up to fifth place in the T20I rankings for the highest chase.
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