T20 is an exciting format, and one of the reasons that make it enthralling is because the number of close finishes is high. Moreover, it brings with it high octane thrilling run chases. This has made the T20 game the most sought format in cricket across the globe and allowed the apex board ICC to expand it further.
Over the years, teams have mastered the art of chasing huge totals thanks to the exploits in the shortest format of the game. The number of 200 plus successful run chases has increased considerably in the last decade, which has enhanced the format’s unpredictability factor even further.
There have been many impactful run-chases in the short history of the T20 international format since its inception to date.
We will look at the top 10 successful run-chases by teams in the shortest format of the game.
|Australia||New Zealand||245/5||2018, Auckland|
|West Indies||South Africa||236/6||2015, Johannesburg|
|England||South Africa||230/8||2016, Mumbai|
|England||South Africa||226/5||2020, Centurion|
|Bangladesh||Sri Lanka||215/5||2018, Colombo|
|India||Sri Lanka||211/4||2009, Mohali|
|India||West Indies||209/4||2019, Hyderabad|
|South Africa||West Indies||208/2||2007, Johannesburg|
|Pakistan||West Indies||208/3||2021, Karachi|
Key highlights from the above stats
As many as 8 different teams have made it to the top-10 highest successful run-chases list in T20 internationals, while 5 different teams have been on the losing end.
245/5 achieved by Australia against New Zealand at Auckland in 2018 is the highest ever run chase T20 internationals. Moreover, 488 runs scored in the game is the 2nd highest aggregate in the shortest format as far as internationals are concerned.
230/8 scored by England against South Africa in a Super 10 World Cup match at Mumbai is the 3rd highest run chase in T20I history and the highest ever in the mega event. The 4th highest run chase also involved these sides as England once again successfully chased 226 against the Proteas, this time at Centurion.
The Netherlands, a non-Test-playing nation, is the only team to have made this list. They did so against Nepal earlier in 2021.
South Africa and West Indies have been on the receiving end thrice. Sri Lanka comes in next, having entered the list twice. Likewise, apart from England, India has made it to the top-10 successful run-chases on 2 occasions.
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