Highest targets successfully chased by NZ in T20Is
201 against Zimbabwe is the highest target successfully chased down by New Zealand in T20Is.
201 vs Zim Hamilton 2012
In the second T20 International on the Zimbabwe tour of New Zealand in 2012, Zimbabwe batted first and did an excellent job, making 200 runs for the loss of just two wickets from 20 overs as all the New Zealand bowlers went for plenty.
Captain Tim Southee had the best figures and conceded 35 runs from his 4 overs. New Zealand in reply came out all guns blazing and chased down the target with two balls to spare.
The win came courtesy of half centuries from openers Rob Nichols and James Franklin and an important 38 from Brendon McCullum. Kane Williamson made 29 runs off just 7 deliveries to finish off the match.
176 vs WI Auckland 2020
In the first T20 International on the West Indies tour of New Zealand in 2020, the Kieron Pollard led side made 180 runs from 16 overs in the rain curtailed match.
In reply, Devon Conway did the trick for New Zealand, making 41 off 29 deliveries at a strike rate of 141.
James Neesham and Mitchell Santner then went all out. Neesham was unbeaten on 48 off 24 balls while Santner made 31 off 18 deliveries to seal the chase and win by 5 wickets.
This is what captain Tim Southee had to say after the freak victory.
“It was a very strange game but nice to come out on the winning side. Kieron batted exceptionally well. The fight that Lockie showed was brilliant and we needed something special like that to stop West Indies after the start they got. We were a little bit off the ball but it’s nice to be on the winning side. Devon played exceptionally well and kick-started the innings. There’s plenty of good stuff to come from him (Kyle Jameison). It’s been a long time coming and good to be back playing in front of the home crowd.”
175 vs SL Pallekele 2019
On their tour of Sri Lanka in 2019, New Zealand were set a target of 175 in the first T20 International.
They succeeded in coming out on top courtesy of 40s from Colin De grandhomme and Ross Taylor. De grandhomme made 44 off 28 balls at a strike rate of 157 while Ross Taylor’s 29-ball 48 came at a strike rate of 165.
Mitchell Santner then finished it off with 14 off 8 deliveries as New Zealand won with 3 balls remaining.