Stunning run chase from South Africa as records tumble in Centurion

SA v WI, 2nd T20I

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South Africa scripted a record run chase in T20Is to level the series against West Indies in Centurion on Sunday.

After conceding 258 with the ball, South Africa produced a stirring run chase, led by a maiden T20I ton from Quinton de Kock, to record the highest-ever run chase in T20Is.

Racking up 102 in the first six overs in the run chase, the highest score by any team in the Powerplay in T20Is, de Kock and Reeza Hendricks kickstarted South Africa's innings in style.

The opening stand of 152 came off just 10.5 overs as South Africa suddenly turned into favourites to win the game.

While the visitors made a comeback of sorts by dismissing Rossouw, Hendricks and Miller in fairly quick succession, skipper Aiden Markram continued the carnage to lead his side to a memorable win.

The previous record for the highest successful run chase in T20Is was held by Bulgaria against Serbia in 2022, when the former chased down 243 in 19.4 overs.

Highest successful run chases in men's T20Is

Team Score Opposition 
South Africa 259/4 West Indies
Bulgaria 246/4 Serbia
Australia 245/5 New Zealand
West Indies 236/6 South Africa
England 230/8 South Africa


With this, South Africa now hold the record for the highest successful run chase in both ODIs and T20Is. 

Earlier, West Indies, powered by a record 39-ball ton from Johnson Charles, had made their highest score in T20Is. But it just wasn't enough for a win unfortunately.

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