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World cricket has often seen teams amassing huge scores and records being shattered at regular intervals in the shortest format of the game.

Be it T20Is or franchise cricket, batsmen dominating bowlers is a common sight.

Nepal holds the record for the highest score in T20 after they smashed 314/3 against Mongolia in the 2023 Asian Games. Kushal Malla smashed the fastest century in T20Is during the innings, while Dipendra Singh Airee struck the quickest fifty in T20 internationals.

Nepal's 300-plus total is the only instance a team has managed to do so in the T20I stage and helped set up a 273-run win over Mongolia.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan recorded the second-highest score in T20 when they totalled 278/3 against Ireland in February 2019. Coincidentally six months later, the Czech Republic also notched up the same total (278/4) against Turkey in the Continental Cup.

The totals meant that the two teams scored at a rate of nearly 14 runs an over (13.9).

Melbourne Stars take the fourth spot in the highest T20 team score list by scoring 273/2 against Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League 2021-22 followed by Titans' 271/3 against Knights in a league phase match of the CSA T20 Challenge 2022-23.

The highest score in the Indian T20 League was registered in 2013 when Chris Gayle went berserk against Pune enroute to a blistering 175 not out, a knock that was studded with 13 fours and 17 sixes. Bangalore scored 263/5 and won the match by 130 runs.

The Indian cricket team registered its highest T20I score of 260/5 against Sri Lanka in Indore in 2017 when then skipper Rohit Sharma’s 118 knocked the opposition out of the contest. India eventually won by 88 runs.

India’s domestic powerhouse Mumbai also joins the list and rounds off the top 10 scores. They racked up a score of 258/4 against minnows Sikkim in the 2019 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Highest score in men’s T20 cricket

Team 

Opposition

Score

Ground

Match Date

Nepal

Mongolia

314/3

Hangzhou

September 2023

Afghanistan

Ireland

278/3

Dehradun

February 2019

Czech Republic

Turkey

278/4

Ilfov County

August 2019

Melbourne 

Hobart

273/2

MCG

January 2022

Titans

Knights

271/3

Potchefstroom

October 2022

Trinbago

Tallawahs

267/2

Kingston

September 2019

Somerset

Derbyshire

265/5

Taunton

July 2022

Bangalore

Pune

263/5

Bengaluru

April 2013

Australia

Sri Lanka

263/3

Pallekele

September 2016

North West

Limpopo

262/4

Paarl

September 2018

Multan Sultans

Quetta Gladiators

262/3

Rawalpindi

March 2023

Warwickshire Bears

Notts

261/2

Nottingham

June 2022

Sri Lanka

Kenya

260/6

Johannesburg

September 2007

Yorkshire

Northants

260/4

Leeds

August 2017

India

Sri Lanka 

260/5

Indore

December 2017

 

Featured photo: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP

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