Australia chase down 244 against New Zealand in T20I in Auckland

Australia have pulled off the highest run chase in Twenty20 cricket to claim an exciting five-wicket victory over New Zealand in their tri-series clash in Auckland.

The T20 Tri-Series match produced 32 sixes and a total of 488 runs for the loss of 11 wickets.

New Zealand wreaked havoc on the Australian bowlers to post 243 for six, equalling their highest Twenty20 international score and the best at the ground.

Then the visitors unleashed T20’s highest successful chase, which culminated when Aaron Finch hit Colin de Grandhomme for six over long-on.

Australian opener D’Arcy Short starred with 76 off 44 balls. “I copped it a bit when I was fielding, but I switched it out and tried to stay in the game. It was just banter,” Short said.

“That’s the smallest field [I’ve played on] but the atmosphere was great. I just trusted my swing knowing I could clear the boundary because those at home are considerably bigger.

“I think we brought it back well. We could’ve been chasing 260-270 at one stage.”

The scorecard: New Zealand 6-243 (Guptill 105, Munro 76) lost to Australia 5-245 (Short 76, Warner 59, Finch 36* Maxwell 31) by five wickets with seven balls remaining.