India levelled the T20I series against Bangladesh by registering a thumping eight-wicket triumph at Rajkot on Thursday. On the other hand, Australia embarrassed Pakistan by 10 wickets in the third T20I at Perth on Friday to clinch the series 2-0. It is pertinent to note here that Pakistan are the number one team in T20I cricket as per the ICC rankings. With the respective wins, India and Australia became the joint most successful team in T20I chases, with 41 wins each while batting second.

Decoding India and Australia’s success in chases

In terms of numbers, India have done better than Australia in chases. Out of 61 games in which the Indians have batted second, they have emerged victorious on 41 occasions. They have lost 18 matches in chases while two games have produced no result. On the other hand, the Aussies have taken 70 games to register 41 wins. In 26 matches while batting second, Australia have ended up on the losing side. Further, two games ended in a tie while one encounter ended in no result.

India’s highest successful chase in a T20I came against Sri Lanka at Mohali on December 12, 2009. Chasing 207 to win the contest, they finished on 211 for 4 courtesy blistering 60s from Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh. They did amass 244 in a T20I against West Indies at Lauderhill on August 27, 2016. However, this came in a losing cause as India were chasing 245, and KL Rahul’s unbeaten 110 from 51 balls went in vain. Australia have done better in this respect. They chased down 244 against New Zealand in a T20I at Auckland played on February 16, 2018. Martin Guptill’s 105 from 54 balls was outdone by a combined effort from the Aussies — D’Arcy Short (76 from 44 balls), David Warner (59 from 24) and Aaron Finch (36 not out from 14).

Star performers in chases

Indian captain Virat Kohli is the most successful batsman in chases in the history of T20I cricket. In 35 matches, he has amassed 1,381 runs at a stunning average of 81.23, and an impressive strike rate of 133.17, with 15 half-centuries. His highest successful total in a chase, that of 82 not out, came in the 2016 World T20 Super 10 clash against Australia at Mohali on March 27, 2016. India were chasing 161 to win, and Kohli, almost single-handedly, took India to victory by six wickets. His innings came off 51 balls, and featured nine fours and two sixes.

For Australia, David Warner is the stand-out batsman in chases. In 46 T20Is, he has 1,177 runs to his credit at an average of 29.42 and a strike rate of 140.45. The left-hander has scored 10 fifties while batting second. Warner’s best effort in a chase is 77. It came in the second T20I of the series against South Africa at Johannesburg on March 6, 2016. The Aussies were chasing 205 to win the contest, and Warner blasted 77 from 40 balls, hitting six fours and five sixes. Glenn Maxwell also starred in the game with 75 from 43 balls.

India’s Rohit Sharma also has an excellent record in chases. He has notched up 1,106 runs in 51 games at an average of 28.35 and a strike rate of 129.96. Sharma has managed nine fifties and one century in chases. His best of 100 not out came against England at Bristol on July 8, 2018. India were set a tough 199 to win the contest. However, Rohit eased his way to a century from 56 balls with 11 fours and five sixes, as the hosts were consigned to a seven-wicket defeat.

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