As the T20I format evolves, the batters are becoming more powerful, with the sheer ability to change the course of a match. Their mighty outings help teams put up massive totals on the scoreboard.

However, the exciting T20I format can throw unexpected results in front of everyone. Even if teams post huge totals, there’s no guarantee of them securing a victory.

On that note, let’s look at the top 10 highest team totals that came in losing causes in T20Is.

Highest Team Total in Losing Cause in T20I

West Indies258/51South AfricaCenturion26 Mar 2023
India244/42West IndiesLauderhill27 Aug 2016
New Zealand243/61AustraliaAuckland16 Feb 2018
Serbia242/41BulgariaSofia26 Jun 2022
South Africa231/71West IndiesJohannesburg11 Jan 2015
South Africa229/41EnglandWankhede18 Mar 2016
Serbia225/61BulgariaSofia24 Jun 2022
South Africa222/61EnglandCenturion16 Feb 2020
India222/31AustraliaGuwahati28 Nov 2023
West Indies222/61EnglandSt George’s16 Dec 2023

Key Insights

258: In the 2nd T20I, the Windies batters were on the roll against South Africa and hammered 258 runs on the board. However, their bowlers couldn’t defend the total as South Africa thrashed the target with 7 balls to spare.

259: With that, South Africa shattered the record for the highest successful run chase in T20Is. Moreover, the Proteas became the first team to hunt down a 250+ target in the shortest format.

517: The clash between South Africa and the West Indies was a record-breaking affair in a true sense. Both team’s innings totals aggregated to 517 runs, which is the highest match aggregate in the T20 International arena.

244: India’s 244/4 is the highest total while chasing the target that came in a T20I defeat. The Men in Blue lost the contest by a mere run against the Windies while chasing 245 in Lauderhill.

40: There are more than 40 instances of teams that have lost matches after scoring 200 or more totals in T20Is.

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