New Zealand thrash Windies by 119 runs; highest win margin against Test-playing nation in T20Is

Windies batsmen seemed to surrender too early against New Zealand bowlers as they succumbed to the pressure of a big runchase

Colin Munro became the first batsman in the world to score three centuries in the T20I format. Munro’s 53-ball 104 helped New Zealand to post the seventh-highest innings total in the history of T20I cricket. The Kiwis scored 243 for 5 in the first innings which is their highest score in T20I cricket.

But Munro’s third T20I century was not the only record that rocked the cricketing world. The pressure of a huge total to chase down dominated the Windies batsmen as they struggled to escape a batting collapse. The visitors were bundled out for 124 with 21 balls to spare and lost the match by 119 runs which turned out to be a record.

New Zealand registered a win by the highest margin of runs against a Test-playing nation. The previous best was when England beat Afghanistan by 116 runs in 2012. But, at that moment Afghanistan were not a Test-playing nation. If we take that parameter into account, the biggest win before New Zealand vs Windies 3rd T20I was Pakistan’s win over New Zealand by 103 runs in 2010.

Overall, this win is the third largest by the margin of runs. The first two have been registered in the name of Sri Lanka (by 172 runs against Kenya) followed by South Africa (130 runs against Scotland).

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Here are the top 10 wins by margin of runs in the history of T20I cricket –

New Zealand have the third highest win by run-margin in T20I cricket

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Record-breaking century from Munro –

Kane Williamson-led Kiwi side also dethroned Pakistan to become the first-ranked T20I side in ICC T20I Team Rankings.