Australia completed the highest run chase in Twenty20 history to beat New Zealand by five wickets and maintain their unbeaten record in the T20 tri-series in Auckland on Friday.
In a roller-coaster match, the Black Caps set an imposing target of 244 on the back of opener Martin Guptil’s century but the Australians overhauled it with seven balls to spare. A combination of Eden Park’s short boundaries and a flat pitch produced a batsman’s paradise that frustrated bowlers from both sides and set records tumbling.
New Zealand scored 243 for six in their 20 overs after Martin Guptill (105) and Colin Munro (76) had produced a blistering 132-run opening partnership in 10.4 overs.
In reply Australian batsman D‘Arcy Short anchored a high-powered batting order to produce the highest successful run chase in Twenty20 international cricket to beat New Zealand by five wickets in their tri-series clash at Eden Park on Friday.
Short, who started his innings with several edges and false shots that went for boundaries at the small ground, scored 76 from 44 balls as the Australians reached 245 for five with seven deliveries remaining.
Australia’s total of five for 245 exceeds the previous record chase of 244 scored by India against the West Indies in 2016.
Australia have already reached the series final in Auckland next Wednesday, with four wins from four in preliminary matches. New Zealand’s hopes of reaching the decider now rest on their meeting with England in Hamilton on Sunday.
England could join Australia if they beat New Zealand in Hamilton on Sunday. They can only qualify with a margin of victory that carries them above the Kiwis’ superior net run-rate.
Eoin Morgan’s men have so far suffered three defeats from their three games, including Tuesday’s 12-run defeat by New Zealand.
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Bizarre Moments of the Match:
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Martin Guptill become international T20’s highest run scorer after making 105 off 54 balls.
It took his international T20 career total to 2,188 runs, surpassing compatriot Brendon McCullum’s 2,140, with India’s Virat Kohli the next highest on the all-time list with 1,956. Guptill’s 49-ball century was New Zealand’s fastest T20 ton and the team total of 243 equalled the highest posted by the Black Caps.
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The match also had its share of bizarre moments, including New Zealand batsman Mark Chapman’s dismissal, when a fizzing Billy Stanlake ball knocked off his helmet and sent it rolling into the stumps.
The stands were peppered for 32 sixes – equalling the T20I record
The umpires also ordered Black Cap seamer Ben Wheeler out of the attack after two high no-balls, with the unfortunate bowler conceding 64 runs off 3.1 overs.