New Zealand has been one of the most consistent teams in the game of cricket. They have performed exceedingly well. That is the reason that New Zealand have been in the finals of the last three ICC finals. The runners-up of the 2015 and 2019 ODI World Cups have always produced some incredible performances in the white-ball format.
On top of that, they are also the inaugural World Test Champions. With so much success in the ICC events, this team has always played as per the expectations of the fans. Speaking of such records, a New Zealander holds the record for the second highest score in the history of ODI cricket. In this article, we will check the highest scores by New Zealand in ODI history.
3. Ross Taylor (181* runs) against England at Dunedin
Ross Taylor is one of the best players that New Zealand has produced and he is in third place. It was the fourth game of the five-match ODI series at Dunedin. After winning the toss, the Black Caps chose to bowl first. But England had a really good start and had two good partnerships. They made 77 and 190 runs for the first and second wickets. Jonny Bairstow (138) and Joe Root (102) both scored centuries, and England made 335/9 in their 50 overs.
It was a big target to chase and New Zealand had a horrible start with both openers getting out for ducks. Then, Kane Williamson (45) and Ross Taylor added 84 runs for the third wicket. In addition, Taylor and Tom Latham (71) added 187 runs for the fourth wicket to help his team get close to the target. In the end, Taylor remained not out and scored a big century to win the game for his team. He was not out of 181* off 147 balls with 17 fours and 6 sixes and New Zealand won that match with 339/5 in 49.3 overs.
2. Martin Guptill (189* runs) against England at Southampton
Martin Guptill is one of the few players with three scores of 180 or more in an ODI. His second-highest score came against England at Southampton in the second game of the three-match series. New Zealand won the toss and batted first but lost the first wicket for 12 runs. They then had three 100-run partnerships for the second, third, and fourth wickets. Kane Williamson (55), Ross Taylor (60) and Brendon McCullum (40* off 19) contributed well.
But a massive innings came from the bat of Guptill, who carried his bat through and remained not out. He scored 189* runs off 155 balls with 19 fours and two sixes, and New Zealand scored 359/3 runs. Chasing this big target, England also started decently but lost momentum in the middle. Despite a century from Jonathan Trot (109*), England got all out for 273 runs, losing the match by 86 runs.
1. Martin Guptill (237* runs) against West Indies (Highest score in ODI World Cup)
The highest score for New Zealand, second highest overall and highest in World Cup games, is registered under the name of Martin Guptill. It was the fourth quarter final of the 2015 World Cup between New Zealand and West Indies. The Black Caps won the toss and decided to bat first, and they started really well and kept scoring boundaries. Every batter contributed a useful score and did so quickly. In the end, New Zealand scored a massive total of 393/6 in 50 overs.
But the world saw one of the most memorable innings in that match. It was Martin Guptill who carried his bat through and remained not out to register the second highest individual score in ODI cricket. He made 237* runs off 163 balls, with 24 fours and 11 sixes. It was also the highest score by any batter in the World Cup. In reply, the West Indies could only score 250 runs and got all out. New Zealand won the match by 143 runs.
List of Highest Individual ODI Score for New Zealand
|Martin Guptill||237*||163||24||11||West Indies||Wellington||21 Mar 2015|
|Martin Guptill||189*||155||19||2||England||Southampton||2 Jun 2013|
|Ross Taylor||181*||147||17||6||England||Dunedin||7 Mar 2018|
|Martin Guptill||180*||138||15||11||South Africa||Hamilton||1 Mar 2017|
|Lou Vincent||172||120||16||9||Zimbabwe||Bulawayo||24 Aug 2005|
|Glenn Turner||171*||201||16||2||East Africa||Birmingham||7 Jun 1975|
|Luke Ronchi||170*||99||14||9||Sri Lanka||Dunedin||23 Jan 2015|
|Brendon McCullum||166||135||12||10||Ireland||Aberdeen||1 Jul 2008|
|James Marshall||161||141||11||4||Ireland||Aberdeen||1 Jul 2008|
|Kane Williamson||148||154||14||1||West Indies||Manchester||22 Jun 2019|