Australia chased down record target of 244 runs with 7 balls to spare in the 5th T20I match of the tri nation series. A huge winning six from Aaron Finch seals the match for Australia. The run chase was the most successful in T20I history.
Auckland earlier hosted a T20I classic, with New Zealand hitting their joint-highest score and Australia pulling off a record chase! #NZvAUS REPORT ➡️ https://t.co/EGHvcTp44U pic.twitter.com/CjQbdcuqmf
— ICC (@ICC) February 16, 2018
Highest T20I totals chased
|245/5 (18.5 overs)||AUS||NZ||Auckland||16-Feb-18|
|236/6 (19.2 overs)||WI||SA||Johannesburg||11-Jan-15|
|230/8 (19.4 overs)||ENG||SA||Mumbai||18-Mar-16|
Chasing a massive total of 245 in 20 overs Australia got to flying start as Warner and Short started raining of boundaries smashing bowlers all of over the boundaries. The duo added 121 runs for the opening wicket before David Warner bowled by Ish Sodhi on the score of 59 runs of just 24 balls with 5 sixs and 4 four. Short was out after making 76 runs.
Earlier, New Zealand’s 6-243 struck the highest score against Australia with the help of Martin Guptil 2nd T20I hundred and also become the highest run getter in T20Is; previously held by former Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum. Guptill hit 9 sixes and 6 fours after New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat, supported by opener Colin Munro, who made 76 off 33 balls.
Top 10 Highest run scorer in T20Is
|M Guptill (NZ)||73||2188||34.18|
|B McCullum (NZ)||71||2140||35.66|
|V Kohli (IND)||55||1956||52.86|
|T Dilshan (SL)||80||1889||28.19|
|S Malik (PAK)||92||1821||29.37|
|M Shahzad (AFG)||60||1816||31.85|
|D Warner (AUS)||69||1767||26.77|
|JP Duminy (SA)||73||1700||36.95|
|Umar Akmal (PAK)||82||1690||26.82|
|De Villiers (SA)||78||1672||26.12|
Andrew Tye’s 2-64 were the worst ever figures recorded by an Australian in T20Is, beating Brett Lee’s 0-56 against West Indies in 2009 and the 32 sixes struck for the match equaled the most ever in a T20I, joining the run-fest in Florida between West Indies and India last year.
Australia has already reached the series final which will be played in Auckland next Wednesday and New Zealand will meet England for the decider place in finals.
The scorecard: New Zealand 6-243 (Guptill 105, Munro 76) lost to Australia 5-245 (Short 76, Warner 59, Finch 36* Maxwell 31) by five wickets with seven balls remaining.