Uncommon tall T20 chases: 5 occasions the Proteas hunted down large T20 targets

David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen (Picture by Pankaj Nangia/Gallo Photos)

  • The Proteas have not at all times aced tall T20 chases, however after they’ve completed so it has been spectacular and satisfying.
  • On Thursday, they reeled in 212 to file their highest profitable T20 chase. 
  • SA have solely managed to efficiently chase 200 thrice in T20 cricket since 2005.

South Africa reeled off their highest profitable chase in a T20 recreation after they beat India by seven wickets of their first of 5 T20s in Delhi on Wednesday.

It was the second time South Africa has chased down a 200-plus whole towards India, however they’ve solely managed a 200-plus chase thrice since they first performed T20 cricket in 2005.

Listed here are SA’s earlier 5 tallest T20 chases:

11 September 2007 – 208/2 v West Indies, Johannesburg

Simply over a yr after the 438 recreation, the Wanderers bore witness to a fusillade of boundaries that lasted a complete recreation.

In what was the primary T20 World Cup recreation, Chris Gayle instantly made his mark within the format with 117 off 57 balls in what was a fire-starter of an innings.

T20 cricket was nonetheless 20 video games in and nobody had an concept of the significance of supporting acts, which meant Gayle’s knock wasn’t adequately buttressed by his teammates.

Devon Smith made 35 off 34 whereas 4 different batters made a mixed 36 off 26 with two fours and two sixes.

205/6 regarded greater than ample, however when Herschelle Gibbs’s 90* off 55 and Justin Kemp’s 46* off 22 laid waste to the West Indies, it wasn’t.

It proved T20 cricket was a batter’s recreation, however that whole has solely been bettered as soon as within the T20 World Cup and 13 occasions since.

20 October 2015 – 200/3 v India, Dharamshala

A century is not at all times a assure of success in T20 cricket, and India learnt the onerous approach on this sequence opener within the north of India.

Rohit Sharma’s 106 buttressed India’s 199/6, together with contributions from Virat Kohli (43), MS Dhoni (20) and Suresh Raina (14).

JP Duminy did not at all times justify his immense potential throughout his profession, however his unbeaten 68 off 34 balls laid the groundwork for the seven-wicket win.

There have been useful interventions from AB de Villiers (51), Hashim Amla (36) and Farhaan Behardien (32*) that turned the chase right into a easy one.

21 February 2018 – 189/4 v India, Centurion

The 438 recreation and the opening recreation of the 2007 World Cup earned SA the moniker of wonderful chasers, however under the floor, they have been something however that.

Two years in the past on Valentines Day, they failed a chase of 204 by one run towards England and have not come shut on different events.

Which is why this chase towards India, in a summer time the place SA was brutally outplayed within the restricted overs exchanges, remained memorable.

Manish Pandey (79*) and MS Dhoni (52*) powered India’s 188/4. Heinrich Klaassen performs his home cricket at SuperSport Park and is properly conscious of the pleasant chasing nature of the bottom.

His 30-ball 69, allied with Duminy’s 40-ball 64, led to a straightforward win of what was a relatively tough restricted overs summer time.

19 February 2012 – 174/2 v New Zealand, Hamilton

New Zealand’s the house of the very best profitable T20 chase, Australia’s whopping 245/5 towards the hosts on 16 February 2018.

So, it should not come as a shock that SA pulled off a fairly excessive chase, although Seddon Park’s small dimensions imply bowlers will undergo more often than not.

That stated, New Zealand hardly received going of their 173/4, with Martin Guptill top-scoring with 47 off 35 whereas Brendon McCullum (35), Kane Williamson (28), James Franklin (28) and Rob Nicol (23) all spluttered.

Richard Levi made mincemeat of the chase with an unbeaten 117 of 51 balls. His 100 got here off 45 and was on the time, the quickest T20 ton.

He is slipped off the reckoning now and 10 balls have been shaved off his file by David Miller and Rohit Sharma, however he had his evening beneath the celebrities.

21 February 2016 – 172/1 v England, Johannesburg

England, within the six years, have been higher than SA in white-ball cricket. This reverse although occurred initially of England’s white-ball revolution beneath Trevor Bayliss and Eoin Morgan.

By this level of this tour, England had one foot on the flight after profitable the Take a look at sequence and relinquishing a 2-0 lead within the five-match ODI sequence.

Jos Buttler’s 54 off 28 went in useless as a scarcity of help exterior of Morgan’s 38 and Joe Root’s 34 noticed England slip to 171 all out.

SA achieved this goal in 14.4 overs with AB de Villiers making a blistering 71 off 29 balls with Hashim Amla in his slip-stream with 69 of 38 balls.

SA received this sequence 2-0, however it’s the final white-ball engagement they’ve overwhelmed the 50-over world champions in.

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