T20 format is a relatively new phenomenon in modern cricket, but has taken the cricket world by storm, more often than not overshadowing the traditional formats of the sport – Test and ODI. The 20-over format was first introduced in 2003 in England, in a bid to help popularize the sport. Couple of years later in 2007, the ICC organised the inaugural T20 World fixture between India and Pakistan in South Africa, which was won by India by 5 wickets. On that note, we look at 5 highest chases in World T20 cricket.
Ever since the first World T20 fixture, the format has seemed to reach each and every corner of the world, with nations holding domestic T20 cricket leagues. The short-format which was meant for a lower total score than the traditional cricket formats, saw scores touching the seemingly impossible 200-run mark very often.
5 highest chases in world T20 cricket:
5. South Africa v West Indies, 2007
It was a day/night match which was held in South Africa at the New Wanderers Stadium in September of 2007. West Indies were to bat first and Chris Gayle scored a 57-ball 117-run knock, which included seven boundaries and 10 sixes. However, the rest of the West Indies batsmen did not fare well, with Devon Smith (35), S Chanderpaul (11), and R. Sarwan (12) falling victim to the South Africa bowlers.
West Indies ended up setting a 206-run target for South Africa. The Proteas batsmen replied with vigour as Graeme Smith (28), Herschelle Gibbs (90*), AB de Villiers (16), and Justin Kemp (46*), pushed the South African team to the other side of the finish line, by scoring 208 runs in just 17.4 overs of the T20 cricket match-up.
4. India v Sri Lanka, 2009
The clash was the 2nd T20I of the series, and Sri Lanka had opted to bat, playing at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, in Mohali, Chandigarh. With the help of Jayasuriya (31), Kumar Sangakkara (59), Jayasinghe (38), and Jayawardene (12) at the top and middle, and Angelo Mathews (26*) and Nuwan Kulasekara (10*) at the tail-end, Sri Lanka registered a total of 207 runs in 20 overs, with 7 lost wickets.
Indian batsmen gave a fitting reply to Sri Lanka as they – Gautam Gambhir (21), Virender Sehwag (64), MS Dhoni (42), and Yuvraj Singh (60*) – outclassed the Sri Lankan cricket team, registering 211 runs in 19.1 overs. In a fixture which saw one of the highest chases in T20 cricket, Yuvraj Singh was awarded the Player of the Match, for his excellence on both ends, as he also had taken 3 wickets.
3. England v South Africa, 2016
In the March of 2016 in a day/night clash at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, England and South Africa met in an ICC World T20 fixture. England won the toss and sent South Africa to bat. Three Proteas batsmen slammed a half-century each – Hashim Amla (58), Quinton de Kock (52), and JP Duminy (54) – while – AB de Villiers (16), Faf du Plessis (17), and David Miller (28) contributed with their bits, to set up a staggering total of 229 runs.
England batting line-up showed immense grit and each and every batsmen from the top order to the bottom did their part to complete on of the highest chases in T20 cricket, except the two tail-enders, David Willey and Adil Rashid*, scoring 0 runs.
England’s Jason Roy (43), A Hales (17), Ben Stokes (15), Joe Root (83), Eoin Morgan (12), Jos Butler (21), and Moeen Ali (12*) helped their team to chase the target successfully in 19.4 overs, with a loss of 8 wickets. Joe Root was named the Player of the Match for standing his ground and scoring a 44-ball 83-run knock, in a time when England wickets were tottering like a house of cards.
2. South Africa v West Indies, 2015
Another South Africa and West Indies fixture which saw one of the highest chases in T20 cricket take place. South Africa were sent to bat after West Indies had won the toss. Faf du Plessis went in an explosive mode as he slammed a 56-ball 119-run knock, and was accompanied by 47 runs from David Miller. As Du Plessis was dismissed by Jason Holder and David Miller was run-out, South Africa team ended up on mammoth total of 231 runs in 20 overs with 7 lost wickets.
West Indies batsmen acted in a collective effort to overpower Faf du Plessis’ 119 run-knock, as Chris Gayle (90), Marlon Samuels (60) placed a nice base at West Indies’ disposal to utilize, with Darren Sammy (20), Andre Russell (14), and DJ Bravo (10) chipping in their bit. West Indies successfully completed their T20 chase and scored 236 runs in 19.2 overs with a loss of 6 wickets.
1. New Zealand v Australia, 2018
By far the highest chase in T20 cricket, and the most recent one as well, happened on 16th February in Auckland, as a part of the Trans Tasman Tri-Series. New Zealand had won the toss and chose to bat first. With 6 wickets lost by the end of the 20th over, New Zealand’s top-scorers – Martin Guptill (105 runs) and Colin Munro (76 runs) – helped the Kiwis to register a record-high score of 243, with a scoring average of 12.15 runs per over.
Coming to bat later on, Australian cricket team displayed a collective effort, with New Zealand bowlers giving erroneous 20 runs in extras. Australian batsmen – David Warner (59), D’Arcy Short (76), Chris Lynn (18), Glenn Maxwell (31), and Aaron Finch (36) – helped the Kangaroos sail through smoothly and set up the record for the highest chase in T20 cricket, scoring a total of 245 runs with a loss of 5 wickets. Sounds like an ODI score, doesn’t it?