AUCKLAND: Australia completed the highest run chase in Twenty20 history to beat New Zealand by five wickets and maintain their unbeaten record in the T20 tri-series in Auckland on Friday.
In a roller-coaster match, the Black Caps set an imposing target of 244 on the back of opener Martin Guptill´s century but the Australians overhauled it with seven balls to spare.
A combination of Eden Park´s short boundaries and a flat pitch produced a batsman´s paradise that frustrated bowlers from both sides and set records tumbling.
Australia´s total of five for 245 exceeds the previous record chase of 244 scored by India against the West Indies in 2016.
The unlucky Guptill also become international T20´s highest run scorer after making 105 off 54 balls.
It took his international T20 career total to 2,188 runs, surpassing compatriot Brendon McCullum´s 2,140, with India´s Virat Kohli the next highest on the all-time list with 1,956.
Guptill´s 49-ball century was New Zealand´s fastest T20 ton and the team total of 243 equalled the highest posted by the Black Caps.
The match also had its share of bizarre moments, including New Zealand batsman Mark Chapman´s dismissal, when a fizzing Billy Stanlake ball knocked off his helmet and sent it rolling into the stumps.
The umpires also ordered Black Cap seamer Ben Wheeler out of the attack after two high no-balls, with the unfortunate bowler conceding 64 runs off 3.1 overs. -APP / AFP