Fan’s one-handed catch at Eden Park
Australia have set the highest successful run-chase in T20I history in the fifth match of Trans-Tasman T20 tri-series against New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland. New Zealand’s 243 has gone in vain.
New Zealand opted to bat first at the toss. Openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro gave the hosts a commanding start. They added 67 runs in the powerplay. Guptill and Munro accelerated as they reached their fifties.
Munro was aiming for a fourth T20I hundred after hitting Andrew Tye for three consecutive sixes in the 11th over. The next ball Tye sent him back breaking 132-run opening stand. Munro slammed 76 runs off 33 balls including 6 fours and 6 sixes.
Guptill brought up his second T20I ton in 49 balls (the fastest by a New Zealander) by hitting Marcus Stoinis for back-to-back sixes. His innings ended in 105 runs from 54 balls. He clubbed 9 sixes alongside 6 fours. He surpassed Brendon McCullum as the highest run-scorer in T20Is with 2188 runs.
New Zealand lost momentum after Guptill’s wicket but Ross Taylor’s 17* off 6 guided them to their joint-highest total 243/6. They scored 243/5 against West Indies earlier this year.
Australia gave a strong reply in the run-chase with David Warner and D’Arcy Short putting on 121 runs for the first-wicket in 8.3 overs. 91 runs of these came in the powerplay.
Warner got his form back in limited overs cricket. He departed scoring 24-ball 59 with 4 fours and and 5 sixes. Short got his maiden fifty in 30 balls. Chris Lynn was sent back for 17.
Glenn Maxwell joined Short and put on 56 runs. Maxwell contributed 31 off 14. Short fell soon to Trent Boult, who was called in to bowl after Ben Wheeler conceded two no balls Short top-scored with 76 runs from 44 deliveries including 8 fours and 3 sixes.
Aaron Finch came in at no.5 and played a cameo knock of 36* runs off 14 balls with 3 fours and sixes each to take Australia to record run-chase. The Aussies chased down the target seven balls to go.
Previously, West Indies (236/6) held the record of highest successful run-chase. They did it against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2015.
A cricket fan won NZ$50,000 after taking a brilliant one-handed catch in the crowd during the Tri-Series Twenty20 international match between New Zealand and Australia.
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New Zealand 243/6 in 20 overs (Guptill 105, Munro 76; Tye 2/64, Richardson 2/40)
Australia 245/5 in 18.5 overs (Short 76, Warner 59, Finch 36*; Sodhi 1/35)
Australia won by 5 wickets
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-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com