ODI cricket: One of the most entertaining formats in cricket is the One-Day format. Because it gives everything to the cricket lovers. Every team looks to make the most of the 50 overs and score as many runs as possible within that duration. However, a decade back, teams scoring 300 runs in 50 overs used to feel confident. But now the situation has totally changed.
Teams are ready to even score 350+ runs on target. But sometimes, some extraordinary performances help to chase a target of nearly 400 runs as well. However, it happens very rarely, but now-a-days, teams never shy away from giving it a try.
So, in this article, we will cover the highest successful run chase in ODI cricket.
3. England (364/4) against West Indies at Bridgetown
England is considered one of the most destructive teams in the white-ball format. That is the reason they hold the record of scoring the top three ODI totals in history. However, they have also registered the third highest ODI chase. In a match against West Indies at Bridgetown on February 20, 2019. Batting first, West Indies made a mammoth total of 362/4 in their 50 overs. Chris Gayle scored 135 runs, while Shai Hope scored 64 runs.
It was all Caribbean team going into the break. But England had a bright chance with the lineup they had. And that’s how they started the chase. The English openers added 91 runs for the first wicket in just 10.5 overs. After the fall of the first wicket, England added 114 and 116 run partnerships for the second and third wickets, respectively. In the end, the English team chased down the target in 48.4 overs with six wickets in hand. Roy made 123 off 85, while Joe Root scored 102 runs.
2. South Africa (372/6) against Australia at Durban
South Africa holds the record of chasing the top two run chases in the history of ODI cricket. The second highest chase came against Australia at Durban on October 05, 2016. After winning the toss, Australia batted first. They had a great start and added 110 and 224 runs for the first and second wickets. David Warner (117), Aaron Finch (53), and Steve Smith (108) were the top scorers. As a result, the Men in Yellow posted a huge score of 371/6 in their 50 overs.
It looked like an impossible chase for the Proteas. But what happened next was just incredible. Chasing the target, South Africa also had some decent partnerships in the middle. But they were still struggling at 37.4 overs when they were at 265/6. But after that, an unbeaten partnership of 107 runs off 70 balls registered the second highest run chase in ODI cricket. Miller remained unbeaten on 118* off 79 balls, while Andile Phehlukwayo was not out 42*. The made 372/6 in 49.2 overs to win.
1. South Africa (438/9) against Australia (Highest chase in ODI cricket)
This match was remembered for many reasons in the history of ODI cricket. This was the first time that a team went past the 400-run mark in the history of ODI matches. It was the game between South Africa and Australia on March 12, 2006 at Johannesburg. Australia won the toss and chose to bat first. They had a great start and all four of the top batters made significant contributions. Skipper Ricky Ponting carried on and made 164 runs off 105 balls. Australia made 434/4 in their 50 overs.
No one gave South Africa a chance in this match. But something extraordinary was waiting for them in the second innings. Chasing the target, they went for the business in aggressive fashion. Despite losing the first wicket in the second over, South Africa carried on and had a 187 run partnership for the second wicket. With some useful contributions in the middle, South Africa did the impossible and chased down the target in the very last over of the match. They made 438/9 runs in 49.5 overs to script the history.
List of Highest Chase in ODI cricket
|South Africa||438/9||49.5||Australia||Johannesburg||12 Mar 2006|
|South Africa||372/6||49.2||Australia||Durban||5 Oct 2016|
|England||364/4||48.4||West Indies||Bridgetown||20 Feb 2019|
|India||362/1||43.3||Australia||Jaipur||16 Oct 2013|
|England||359/4||44.5||Pakistan||Bristol||14 May 2019|
|Australia||359/6||47.5||India||Mohali||10 Mar 2019|
|India||356/7||48.1||England||Pune||15 Jan 2017|
|India||351/4||49.3||Australia||Nagpur||30 Oct 2013|
|England||350/3||44.0||New Zealand||Nottingham||17 Jun 2015|