Since the inception of T20 cricket, other formats have also been affected. It saw the batters taking more risks and scoring big. That is why teams are even scoring over 400 runs in ODIs. But it’s not just scoring; teams also fancy their chances to chase big totals. This article also includes such stats.
Here we will talk about the highest totals ever chased in Asia Cup history. This tournament takes place once every two years, with top Asian teams taking part in it. The highest score in this tournament is 385/7 by Pakistan against Bangladesh, but we will talk here about the most successful chase.
Highest Run Chase in ODI Asia Cup
|India||330||330/4||47.5||Pakistan||Mirpur||18 Mar 2012|
|Pakistan||327||329/7||49.5||Bangladesh||Mirpur||4 Mar 2014|
|India||309||310/4||46.5||Sri Lanka||Karachi||3 Jul 2008|
|Pakistan||309||309/2||45.3||India||Karachi||2 Jul 2008|
|India||300||301/4||42.1||Pakistan||Karachi||26 Jun 2008|
|Bangladesh||290||293/5||49.2||India||Mirpur||16 Mar 2012|
|India||284||284/3||43.2||Bangladesh||Karachi||28 Jun 2008|
|India||280||280/4||49.0||Bangladesh||Fatullah||26 Feb 2014|
|India||268||271/7||49.5||Pakistan||Dambulla||19 Jun 2010|
|Sri Lanka||265||265/8||49.2||India||Fatullah||28 Feb 2014|
3. India (310/4) vs Sri Lanka in 2008
Team India registered the third-highest successful chase in Asia Cup history. They recorded it in the 2008 Asia Cup in a game against Sri Lanka. It was the 11th game of the tournament in Karachi. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first. They got off to a good start, and Sanath Jayasuriya (43) and Mahela Jayawardene (50) started well. Chamara Kapugedera (75) and Chamara Silva (50) also scored half-centuries. Sri Lanka ended up scoring 308/8 in the first inning.
It was a big target, but the Indian batters made it a simple one. Gautam Gambhit (68) and Virender Sehwag (42) started with a 92-run opening stand. Suresh Raina (54) and MS Dhoni (67) also added a 99-run stand for the third wicket. Yuvraj Singh (36 off 31) and Rohit Sharma (22 off 28) ended the chase, and India made 310/4 in 46.5 overs to win the game.
2. Pakistan (329/7) vs Bangladesh in 2014
The second-highest chase in the Asia Cup came in a game between Pakistan and Bangladesh in the 2014 edition. It was the eighth game of the tournament in Mirpur. Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bat first. They had a brilliant batting performance. Opener Anamul Haque scored a century and made 100 runs, including six fours and four sixes. Imrul Kayes (59), Mominul Haque (51), and Mushfiqur Rahim (51) also scored half-centuries.
Bangladesh made 326/3 in the first inning. Chasing the target, Ahmed Shahzad and Mohammad Hafeez added 97 runs for the first wicket. Hafeez made 52 runs, while Shahzad scored 103 runs with 12 fours and one six. Fawad Alam also played well for his 74 runs. In the end, Shahid Afridi made a quick 59 off 25 to help Pakistan reach 329/7 in 49.5 overs and win it with one ball to spare.
1. India (330/4) vs Pakistan in 2012
Asia Cup has witnessed the best ODI innings of Virat Kohli, which came in a high-profile chase against Pakistan in Mirpur during the 2012 edition. It was a high-scoring match, and Pakistan posted a huge total of 329/6 in the first innings. Both openers scored centuries for them and added the highest Asia Cup partnership of 224 runs. Mohammad Hafeez made 105, and Nasir Jamshed scored 112. Younis Khan played a cameo of 52 off 34.
India lost Gautam Gambhir for a second-ball duck in the chase. But then, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat added 133 runs for the second wicket. Sachin got out after scoring 52 off 48. Then, Virat added another 172 runs with Rohit Sharma (68) for the third wicket. Virat went on to score his highest ODI score of 183 runs off 148 balls, with 22 fours and one six. He took India to the winning position, and India made 330/4 in 47.5 overs to script the highest Asia Cup chase.