The high number of close-cut finishes makes T20 a thrilling format, which is one of its captivating qualities. Additionally, it carries with it fast-paced, exhilarating run chases. The T20 game has become the most popular cricket format worldwide as a result, and the apex body ICC has been able to further develop it.
Thanks to the innovations in the shortest format of the game, teams have perfected the technique of chasing enormous totals over time. In the past ten years, there have been a significant increase in the number of games won chasing 200+ target, which has heightened the format’s unpredictable nature even more. The Australian squad has successfully reached a target of 200+ on multiple occasions throughout the history of the 20-over format.
Let us look at the highest successful run-chases by Australia in T20Is
205/5 vs South Africa in Johannesburg in 2016
A record fourth-wicket partnership between David Warner and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell helped Australia chase down the 205-run target that was set by the Proteas in the second T20I when the Aussies toured South Africa. Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers’ brilliance led the hosts to a huge total, but Warner and Maxwell’s batting tricks led Australia to a win as they registered their highest successful chase back then.
211/6 vs India in Mohali in 2022
While it looked like India had the game in their hand in the first T20I at the PCA Stadium in Mohali, the Australian batters gave a befitting reply and completed their second-highest successful chase. Half-centuries from KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya guided India to post a big target of 208 runs, but the Indian bowlers could not continue the momentum and Australian batters Cameron Green and Matthew Wade took advantage of the situation to take their side over the line.
245/5 vs New Zealand in Auckland in 2018
After chasing 205 runs in 2016, which was their highest chase in a T20I back then, Australia went on to create history in 2018 when they faced New Zealand in Auckland. The Black Caps were guided by their openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro as they shared a 132-run stand, but comprehensive efforts from the Australian openers, followed by the middle-order batters helped the Men in Yellow chase a mammoth total of 245 runs, and win the game by five wickets