T20 cricket is one of the most entertaining forms of cricket at present. It gets huge viewership, and it is very popular among cricket fans. The T20 Cricket format was introduced in 2006, and the first T20 world cup was played in South Africa in 2007. India was the champions of the inaugural season of the T20 world cup. The format has always favored the batsman as it was short and hard-hitting is prevalent in the T20 format. So we give you some of the highest iconic chases in the history of the T20 format, where the teams chased down targets without losing a single wicket.
Pakistan vs. England 2022, Karachi
This is one of the recent matches that took place. England batted first and posted a very competitive total of 202 runs. Almost all English batsmen chipped in and scored good runs. Moeen Ali was the highest scorer with 55 runs in just 23 balls with 4 boundaries and 4 sixes to his name. Pakistan had already lost the 1st T20 match of that series, and it was essential for them to win this one to get some confidence. Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam opened the innings for Pakistan and made history by creating the highest-ever opening partnership in T20 cricket internationals.
Babar and Rizwan were unstoppable in this match. Babar was 110 not out from just 66 balls with 5 sixes and 11 boundaries. While Rizwan scored 88 runs from just 51 balls with 5 boundaries and 4 sixes. This was one of the finest displays of batting from the Pakistani side, and they made the series level at 1-1 with their brilliant batting performance. Babar Azam was named the Man of the Match for his brilliant century, and it was an awesome game.
New Zealand vs Pakistan 2016, Hamilton
In 2016 New Zealand chased one mammoth total of 171 runs without losing any wickets. The pitch was quite decent for batting. This was the 2nd T20 cricket match of Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand. Pakistan batted well and posted a score of 168 for the loss of 7 wickets. Umar Akmal was the top scorer from the Pakistan side with an unbeaten 56 of just 27 balls. He hit 4 sixes and 4 boundaries in his innings. The openers of the Kiwis were Martin Guptill and skipper Kane Williamson.
These 2 got off to an excellent start and completely dominated the Pakistani bowling lineup. They chased down the target in just 17.4 overs with 14 balls to spare. Pakistan won the opening T20 match, which was a strong comeback from New Zealand. Martin Guptill was awarded the Man of the Match with unbeaten 87 runs in just 58 balls with a strike rate of 150. He smashed 9 boundaries and 4 sixes.
India vs Pakistan 2021, Dubai
India vs Pakistan matches is always of high intensity. This is the greatest rivalry in the world of cricket. Moreover, it was a match in the T20 world cup. So much was at stake for both sides. This was the first time that Pakistan defeated India in any of the world cups. India was batting first, and the top order was completely destroyed by the young Shaheen Shad Afridi. Rohit Sharma was out on his first ball, and KL Rahul was also dismissed for only a score of 3 runs. However, Virat Kholi steadied the scoreboard. He scored a tough 57 of 49 balls with a single six and 5 boundaries.
India gave a target of 152 to Pakistan. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan chased down the target in 17.5 overs without losing a single wicket. Both were unbeaten, with scores of 68 and 79, respectively. Shaheen Shad Afridi named Man of the Match due to his impressive performance. He took 3 wickets for just 31 runs in that match.
England vs New Zealand 2013, Wellington
England wasn’t considered to be a top class T20 Cricket team at the time. It was England touring New Zealand. The series was level 1-1, and this was the 3rd T20 of the series. New Zealand gave a decent target of 140 to England, with Martin Guptill with the highest score of 59 for New Zealand. Stuart Broad was unplayable in that match. He took 3 wickets for 15 runs. Michel Lumb and Alex Hales opened the innings for England. They cruised through and chased the target in 12.4 overs without losing wickets. It was a flawless performance from England.