T20 cricket has totally changed the way of playing cricket. Since the inception of the shorter format, no total is safe to defend. We have seen many teams score well over 200 runs in 20 overs and are still not able to defend the target. In this fast-moving game, the batting team fancy their chances of chasing down any target.
Especially in the T20 leagues around the world. Teams are full of superstars from other nations, and every batter on the team can change the game. One such league is the Caribbean Premier League, which features six franchises and some of the world’s biggest hitters on one team. In this article, we will cover the list of the highest successful chases in the CPL.
3. Trinbago Knight Riders (218/5) against St. Lucia Stars in 2018
The third highest chase is registered under the name of Trinbago Knight Riders in the 2018 season. It came in the 9th game of the tournament against St. Lucia Stars at Gros Islet. Trinbago won the toss and chose to bowl first. St. Lucia had a really good start as both openers scored 49 runs, and then, St. Lucia had a partnership of 79 runs for the second wicket. In the end, an unbeaten partnership of 84 runs between David Warner (72* off 55) and skipper Kieron Pollard (65* off 23) helped them to reach a score of 212/2.
It was a big total to chase for any team. Chasing the target, Trinbago had a horrible start and lost their first two wickets for 20 runs. They were struggling in the middle phase as well. At one point, Trinbago were at 128/3 in 15 overs. But then came the real carnage from the bat of Darren Bravo and Brendon McCullum. From 128/3, they reached 208/3 in just three overs. They added 80 runs. In the end, Trinbago chased down the target and made 218/5 in 19.5 overs. Bravo made 94* off 36, while McCullum got 68 off 42.
2. Jamaica Tallawahs (225/6) against Trinbago Knight Riders in 2018
The second highest chase is under the name of Jamaica Tallawahs. And this game was remembered for Andre Russell with a unique record which is impossible to break. It was the 3rd game of the Jamiaca against Trinbago Knight Riders at Port of Spain. This was also the first time that Russell led the side. Batting first, Trinbago made 223/6 in their 20 overs. Colin Munro (61 off 42) and Brendon McCullum (56 off 27) were the top scorers.
Russell took the hat-trick in the first innings and ended up with a figure of 3/38. Chasing this big target, Jamaica had a horrible start and lost their first five wickets for just 41 runs in 6.1 overs. They needed 183 runs off 83 balls at that point, and everything looked done and dusted. But then came a blistering knock by the captain, who scored the fastest CPL century off just 40 balls. He added 161 runs partnership for the sixth wicket in just 69 balls and Jamaica chased down the target in 19.3 and made 225/6. Russell was unbeaten on 121* off 49, with 6 fours and 13 sixes, and became the first player to score a century and take a hat-trick in one T20 game.
1. St. Kitts & Nevis (242/6) against Jamaica Tallawahs (Highest CPL chase)
If a team has scored 240+ runs batting first, then it is almost impossible to chase for the second team. But the biggest chase in the CPL has seen such a moment. The highest chase came in the 7th game of the 2019 season between Jamaica Tallawahs and St. Kitts & Nevis. Batting first, Jamaica made a mammoth total of 241/2 in their 20 overs. Chris Gayle scored a brilliant century and made 116 off 62 balls with seven fours and 10 sixes.
It needed a special effort to get anywhere near this huge score. That’s what happened as Evin Lewis gave them a flying start and hit an 18-ball fifty and made 53 off 18 balls. St. Kitts scored 85 runs in the first six overs. Then, they had some really good contributions from the other batters that kept them in the chase. Devon Thomas made 741 off 40, while Laurie Evans scored 41 off 20 balls. In the end, they reached 242/6 in 18.5 overs and chased the highest target in CPL history.
List of the Highest Run Chase in CPL
|Patriots||242||242/6||18.5||Tallawahs||Basseterre||10 Sep 2019|
|Jamaica Tallawahs||224||225/6||19.3||Trinbago||Port of Spain||10 Aug 2018|
|TKR||213||218/5||19.5||Stars||Gros Islet||16 Aug 2018|
|GAW||195||195/4||19.2||SLK||Providence||22 Sep 2022|
|Patriots||192||193./8||19.5||Tallawahs||Providence||12 Sep 2018|
|Tallawahs||192||192/3||18.2||Trinbago||Port of Spain||4 Jul 2016|
|BR||191||191/2||18.5||Kings||Basseterre||12 Sep 2021|
|Amazon||190||194/2||19.0||Zouks||Basseterre||10 Aug 2014|
|Trinbago||183||184/6||20.0||Tallawahs||Lauderhill||19 Aug 2018|