Top 6 highest run chases in T20 internationals
Ever since its inception, T20Is have given Tests and ODIs a tough run for their money in terms of popularity, bringing the best out of players in an extremely short span of game time. Runs have started to flow off bats like never before, and huge targets have been shot down with relative ease, something which could not have been predicted even two decades back.
In this special feature, we bring you six of the most staggeringly successful run chases in T20 Internationals.
#6 South Africa vs Australia, March 2016
Many cricket fans were bemused as to why Australia were touring South Africa for three T20Is ahead of the World T20 in India. However, the series ended up being a thrilling one as all the matches were entertaining ones.
In the second match of the series, South Africa put up a total of 204 in 20 overs, thanks to captain Faf du Plessis’ 79 off 41 balls. Quinton de Kock and David Miller also contributed with scores of 44 and 33 to help their side post a competitive total on board.
Australia's response did not start well as they lost the first three wickets for just 32 runs in 5.4 overs. However, a record stand of 161 runs between David Warner and Glenn Maxwell for the fourth wicket helped the Aussies chase down the total in the very last ball of the match.
Warner scored 77 off 40 while Maxwell scored 75 off 43 balls to set the tone for one of the best chases in T20I history. Before this match, Australia had chased down a total of 160-plus only one time in 17 attempts.