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16-Feb-2018 11:48:00 GMT
NZ v Aus, 5th match, Auckland

Short, Warner brilliance pull off record-breaking chase

Australia 245 for 5 (Short 76, Warner 59, Finch 36*, Maxwell 31) beat New Zealand 243 for 6 (Guptill 105, Munro 76, Richardson 2-40) by 5 wickets

Auckland: Australia scripted history on Friday by registering the highest run chase in Twenty20 history as they beat New Zealand by five wickets in a thrilling game in Eden Park, Auckland.

Chasing a daunting 244 for victory, the Kangaroos scaled the summit with 7 balls to spare.

Martin Guptill’s 105 from 54 balls helped the hosts post a formidable 243/6, New Zealand’s highest T20 international score.

D'Arcy Short (76) and David Warner (59) led the reply with smashing 122 runs for the opening stand.

Valuable contributions towards the end by Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch helped Australia scamper home in just 18.5 overs.

The record for the best-run chase was previously held by West Indies when they posted 236/6 to beat South Africa in Johannesburg in 2015.

However, this was not the only record that was broken.

Earlier, New Zealand had 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.

New Zealand had been strong favourites to join them in the final at the innings break after Guptill and Munro scored at more than 12 runs an over, exploiting the short boundaries down the ground.

Munro hit Andrew Tye for three successive sixes off the first three balls of the 11th over but was then undone by a cleverly-disguised slower delivery on the next and was caught at wide long on by Maxwell.

Guptill then picked up where Munro had left off, reaching his second Twenty20 international century in 49 deliveries before Tye had him caught by Maxwell at deep midwicket to leave the hosts 212 for three in the 17th over.

Martin also smashed the fastest T20I hundred by a Kiwi batsman. 32 sixes were also hit in the match- the most in a single T20I game.

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