Although the bowlers in today’s era have become street-smart, the introduction of T20 cricket has led to an aggressive mindset among the batting sides all across the globe. Batsmen playing One Day Internationals look to hit the ball for a boundary right from the very first delivery of the innings. Due to intensified competition, scoring 300+ runs in the first innings is sometimes considered below par. In the past two decades, ODI cricket has witnessed a lot of matches where teams have put on a lot of mammoth totals on the scoreboard. Here is a list of such unbelievable innings – the Top 10 Highest Team Score in ODI cricket.
418/6 (50 overs), England vs West Indies, St. George’s (2019)
The current England side has been extremely explosive with the bat in the past 4 years. This year, England scored a mammoth total of 418/6, thanks to Jos Butller’s explosive 150 in just 77 balls. Buttler scored at an unbelievable strike rate of 194.80. In this match, England broke the record of scoring the most number of sixes in an innings (24, previous best 23 by WI v Eng in 2019 itself). The Windies gave a tough fight, courtesy Chris Gayle’s blistering 162 in just 99 balls. But England still managed to win the match comfortably by 29 runs.
418/5 (50 overs), India vs West Indies, Indore (2011)
Next on the list is India’s 418/5 vs the Windies in 2011. Virender Sehwag’s record-breaking knock of 219(149 balls) helped India in registering their highest team total in ODI cricket. Though India hit only 7 sixes in this innings, it still managed to put up a huge score 400+ at an amazing run rate of 8.36. The Windies lost quite comfortably by 153 runs as India won the 5-match ODI series in this match. The Indian team smashed 48 fours in this game. This is the second highest number of 4s scored by a batting team in an ODI innings.
418/5 (50 overs), South Africa vs Zimbabwe, Potchefstroom (2006)
On 20th September 2006, South Africa put up a massive total of 418/5 against a rather weak bowling line-up of Zimbabwe at Potchefstroom. Mark Boucher’s explosive innings of 147 in just 68 balls won him the ‘Man of the Match award’. The right-handed wicketkeeper batsman smashed 8 fours and 10 sixes at an unbelievable strike rate of 216.18. South Africa registered a comfortable win by 171 runs against the Zimbabweans.
434/4 (50 overs), Australia vs South Africa, Johannesburg (2006)
12th March 2006 is the day when the “Greatest game in the history of ODI Cricket” was played at the New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. Australia put up a massive total of 434/4 (50 overs) against the strong bowling line-up of South Africa. The Australian skipper, Ricky Ponting played a captain’s knock of 164 (105 balls) to score the then highest team score in ODI. However, South Africans broke it in the next 4 hours that followed. Even after putting up such a huge total, Australia lost the game by one wicket in the last over. This innings holds the record for the highest team score in ODI by batting first for a losing cause.
438/4 (50 overs), South Africa vs India, Mumbai (2015)
438/9 (49.5 overs), South Africa vs Australia, Johannesburg (2006)
As mentioned earlier, 12th March 2006 was the day when history was created at Johannesburg. South Africa chased down Australia’s record-breaking total of 434 successfully. Till date, this is the highest successful run-chase ever in ODI cricket. South Africa were 5/1 in 2 overs, the very stylish Herschelle Gibbs arrived at the crease. Herschelle Gibbs ended up playing one of the greatest ODI knocks by scoring 175 off 111 balls at an unbelievable strike rate of 157.65.
Skipper Graeme Smith supported Gibbs by scoring 90 off just 44 deliveries. Mark Boucher’s 50*(44) in the lower order snatched a heroic win by one wicket on the second last ball of the match. South Africa registered a total of 438/9 on the scorecard. Both the teams combined scored 872 runs in 599.5 balls(99.5 overs). This match holds the record for the most number of combined runs scored in an ODI.
439/2 (50 overs), South Africa vs West Indies, Johannesburg (2015)
The Wanderers witnessed a carnage of runs on 18th January 2015, when the home side shattered Windies’ bowling line up into pieces. AB De Villiers recorded the fastest 100 in ODI cricket (in just 31 balls). His impossible knock of 149 off mere 44 balls at an unimaginable strike rate of 338.68 stole the show! Hashim Amla’s 153(142) and Rilee Rossouw’s 128*(115) made South Africa the only team to play an ODI in which all the batsmen on the crease scored a century. This was also the first time when 3 batsmen in an innings scored 100s. South Africa won the match quite convincingly by 148 runs.
443/9 (50 overs), Sri Lanka vs Netherlands, Amstelveen (2006)
On number 3 is Sri Lanka’s 443/9 against Netherlands in the year 2006. Sri Lanka, with important contributions of Sanath Jayasuriya (153 off 104 balls) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (117* off 78 balls) registered their highest total in ODIs. This was then the, highest team score in ODI. A dominating Sri Lankan batting side smashed the ball everywhere possible and won the game by huge margin of 195 runs.
444/3 (50 overs), England vs Pakistan, Nottingham (2016)
After the early departure from ICC World Cup 2015 in the group stage, the new England team led by Eoin Morgan has created a new brand of aggressive cricket and they’ve never looked back since then. Trent Bridge witnessed one such example on 30th August 2016 when England registered a record-breaking total of 444/3 against Pakistan. This was then the highest team score in ODI cricket which was made possible because of a breath taking knock by Alex Hales (171 off just 122 balls). The English opener scored at an eye-catching strike rate of 140.16 and was assisted by wonderful knocks by Jos Butler (90 off 51) and Eoin Morgan (57 off 27). England won the match comprehensively by a big margin of 169 runs.
481/6 (50 overs), England vs Australia, Nottingham (2018)
Number one on this list is the day when England created a world record by registering the highest team score in ODI cricket .They made impossible possible and scored an unbelievable total of 481/4 in 50 overs! They made joke out of the 5-time World Champion Australian team. England became the first team to register a run rate more than 9.0 runs/over (9.62). Alex Hales’ 147 off 92, Johnny Bairstow’s 139 off 92 and Eoin Morgan’s 30-ball 67 helped England destroy the Australian bowling. Australia lost the game by a gigantic total of 242. This was Australia’s biggest loss in terms of runs.
With the way teams are batting today, 500 runs in an innings wouldn’t be a surprise in the coming future. As the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 goes on, let us hope one of its exciting team innings becomes a part of this list.