The T20 format saw its inception in 2005 when two neighbor nations, Australia and New Zealand played each other in Auckland. In no time, the format caught great attention and enhanced cricket's reach to people who weren't into the sport that much.
The pros of the T20 format are many, with one of them being that it concludes within 3 hours or an hour more at maximum. You don't see batsmen leaving the ball, defending the ball very often and the usual approach is to hit it out of the boundary. This is something only the viewers who aren't the typical fans of the sport enjoy but it still amplifies the feelings and emotions invested in each game.
Out of 20 overs, the first six in the beginning and the last five towards the end are more exciting to watch, and mathematically that also accounts for more than 50% of a single innings that glues the viewers in front of the screen.
With all this being said, a match becomes great from just good when either team manages to cross the 200-run mark in just 20 overs or sometimes even less.
Today, Cricwizz brings you a list of the top teams that have contrived to register a 200+ total on multiple occasions in T20 Internationals.
The team that won the inaugural T20 World Cup, India tops the list with domineering force, firing the most 200+ Scores in T20Is. India have managed to do so on 18 occasions, four more than the next best.
Shows how dominant India have been, right? India's highest total in T20Is to date is 260/5 vs Sri Lanka at Indore in 2017.
It was possible due to a phenomenal ton by Rohit Sharma (118), KL Rahul's 89, and a cameo from MS Dhoni, who scored 28. India then went on to win the match by 88 runs, courtesy of a bowling spectacle by Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Chahal, picking four and three wickets respectively. Let's have India's top five T20I Scores.
|260/5||Sri Lanka (2017)|
|244/4||West Indies (2016)|
|240/3||West Indies (2019)|
Australia and South Africa
Two of the top cricketing nations pick the second spot. Both Australia and South Africa have managed to register a 200+ total on 14 occasions.
Australia scored their highest total against Sri Lanka as well but in 2016, scoring 263/3. It was a monstrous inning from Glenn Maxwell who scored 145 in just 65 balls, with 14 fours and nine sixes. Usman Khwaja and Travis Head contributed as well with 36 and 45 respectively.
In response, Sri Lanka managed to score 178/9 in 20 overs, with Mitchell Starc and Scott Boland picking three wickets each and giving the same runs (26) from their four overs.
Let's have a look at Australia's top five T20I Scores.
|263/3||Sri Lanka (2016)|
|245/5||New Zealand (2018)|
|233/2||Sri Lanka (2019)|
The Proteas have also scored 200+ on 14 occasions. However, their highest total is 241/6 against England in the year 2009.
Graeme Smith scored an exceptional 88 runs from 44 balls with a strike rate of 200 but the star of the day was Loots Bosman who scored 94 in 45 balls.
South Africa's 241 was replied to by the English is not the way they would've wanted as England lost the match by 84 runs. Only Jonathan Trott played a respectable knock of 51 runs, while the others failed to make an impact.
Now we'll have a look at South Africa's top five T20I scores.
|231/7||West Indies (2015)|
New Zealand and England
Probably not the first time we have seen a tie between these two nations. New Zealand and England possess some malignant batting as well. The fact that both sides have scored 200+ 12 times makes it evident how close competition we have in T20Is.
New Zealand's highest T20I score is 243/5 and it came against the West Indies in 2018. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro were in beast mode as they fired 63 and 104 respectively.
The West Indies were chasing a total of 244 but they got bundled for 124 only, Andre Fletcher scoring 46, while the rest failed to cause the Kiwi bowlers any sort of trouble.
For New Zealand, Tim Southee picked three wickets. This being said, let's have a look at New Zealand's top five scores in T20Is.
|243/5||West Indies (2018)|
|238/3||West Indies (2020)|
The current World Champions have also been T20 Champions and have produced 12 200+ in T20Is.
England's highest T20I total is 241/3 against New Zealand in 2019. After the openers didn't manage to have a great start, Dawid Malan and the skipper, Eoin Morgan took the job into their hands.
Dawid Malan fired an unbeaten 103, while Morgan scored 91, helping England to register 241 on the board.
In response, the Kiwi lost all their wickets on 165 and lost the match by 76 runs. Matt Parkinson conceded 47 runs but also picked the most wickets for England (4).
Let's now go through England's top 5 T20I scores.
|241/3||New Zealand (2019)|
|230/8||South Africa (2016)|
|226/5||South Africa (2020)|
|214/7||New Zealand (2013)|
# The other nations in the pecking order are West Indies and Pakistan with 200+ Scores in eight innings, while Sri Lanka are behind them with seven 200+ Scores in T20Is.
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*Stats and records mentioned in the article are latest of July 20th 2021