On Friday, Team India defeated New Zealand by seven wickets in the second T20I at Eden Park to level the three-match series 1-1. The visitors chased down the 159-run target with seven balls to spare. With the win, the Men in Blue surpassed Pakistan to become the T20I side to complete the most successful run chases in the format.
India have managed to pull off a total of 37 wins while chasing in 56 T20I matches since their debut in 2006 in the format. They lost 17, while two ended in a draw. India hence have managed to register a win/loss ratio of 2.176 after the Auckland win, which is the highest for any T20I side. India are followed by Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan who have amassed 36 wins in 64 chases while losing 26. They have a win/loss ratio of 1.384. Australia are next, followed by South Africa and Sri Lanka.
India are now one win away from winning the series and hence would equal a Pakistan-set World Record in T20I cricket. The win in Hamilton would leave India and Pakistan tied with 11 unbeaten T20I wins. While Pakistan have won all their 11 T20I matches before their South Africa defeat this month, India have won eight and drew two (both against Australia), since their defeat to West Indies in a one-off encounter in July 2017.
The Hamilton T20I will be played on Sunday and Seddon Park pitch will aide the bowlers more than the batters. “It’s important to understand the mistakes that we made – it’s been a long tour for everyone. So we didn’t want to put a lot of pressure on the boys, just go in there with a clear mind. It’s going to be a cracker of a game in the 3rd T20I, but nothing to take away from New Zealand, they’re still a quality side,” said Rohit Sharma after India’s win Auckland.