NZvAUS: Australia Creates History, Chases 244 Runs In T20

| February 16 , 2018 , 17:26 IST

Australian batter order produced the highest ever run chase in T20 history against New Zealand by chasing down a target of 244 with seven balls to spare on Friday. The inning was anchored by D'Arcy Short. He scored 76 runs off 44 balls.

The run chase eclipsed the 236 for six West Indies achieved in beating South Africa in Johannesburg in 2015.

New Zealand had scored 243 for six in their 20 overs after Martin Guptill (105) and Colin Munro (76) had produced a scintillating 132-run opening partnership in 10.4 overs.

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Australia had to respond strongly, and they did just that by having a counter-attacking opening partnership between captain David Warner and D'Arcy Short putting on 121 runs in 8.4 overs. Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch played their part too scoring fifty runs in quick succession to keep up with the run-rate and ensuring the win.

Having won their previous three matches before Friday, Australia had already qualified for the final of the tri-series, that also includes England, at the same ground on February 21.

New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro exploited the short boundaries of Eden Park in Auckland to their advantage and scored runs at 12 an over. Both of them departed within 17 overs with 212 runs on the scoreboard.

Australia then dragged the New Zealand innings back with three wickets for four runs in six deliveries. Ross Taylor hit two sixes in an 18-run final over from Andrew Tye to propel New Zealand to their highest-equal T20 score.

With this total, they were all but set to meet Austalia in the final but fortune had other ideas. They now face England in Hamilton on Sunday.

If New Zealand win they will qualify for the final, but for England to qualify they will have to beat the Kiwis by a handsome margin.