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Certainly, the ICC Cricket World Cup is one of the most eagerly awaited tournaments in cricket. Highlights of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 include, among other interesting tales, New Zealand’s spectacular batting display against England in the opening match, South Africa’s first-ever 400+ total in an ODI, and the rise of players like Rachin Ravindra. This World Cup has been an exciting roller-coaster journey, with multiple record-breaking performances. On Tuesday, October 10th, Pakistani batters set a new record by completing one of the most successful run chases in ICC Cricket World Cup history.
Top 5 most successful run chases in ICC Cricket World Cup history.
|Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe
|Sri Lanka chased 313 runs
|Bangladesh vs West Indies
|Bangladesh chased 322 runs
|Bangladesh vs Scotland
|Bangladesh chased 322 runs
|Ireland vs England
|Ireland chased 329 runs
|Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
|Pakistan chased 345 runs
Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe
During a 1992 World Cup League match between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth, the Sri Lankans made history by being the first ODI World Cup team to successfully chase down a 300+ mark. Zimbabwe had reached 312/4 in their first ODI, with Andy Flower getting an unbroken century (115 runs off 152 balls). While chasing the massive total of 313, the opening duo of Mahanama and Samarasekera (75 in 61 balls) gave Sri Lanka a superb start with a 128-run opening partnership. The middle order, on the other hand, failed to keep the momentum going. Arjuna Ranatunga scored a vital 88*, and his partnership with Jayasuriya (32 off 23 balls) propelled his team to a record-breaking win.
Bangladesh vs West Indies
The West Indies set a lofty target of 321/8 on the day of the match between Bangladesh and the West Indies in the 2019 ODI World Cup at Taunton. Hetmyer (50), Shae Hope (96), and Ewin Lewis (70) all hit half-centuries, with Hope falling just four runs short of a century. Despite the difficult assignment, Bangladesh rose to the occasion and delivered a world-class performance. Tamim Iqbal gave the necessary start to the game. Shakib Al Hasan then hit 124* off 99 balls, while Litton Das hit 94* off 69 balls. Bangladesh successfully chased the target and secured an incredible victory thanks to their outstanding effort. Shakib was named Player of the Match for his outstanding batting performance.
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Bangladesh vs Scotland
During the 2015 World Cup, hosted at Nelson’s Saxton Oval, Bangladesh demonstrated their power by successfully chasing down their second-highest total in One Day International (ODI) history. Scotland had scored an outstanding 318/8 on the board, with Kyle Coetzer standing out as the main performer, accumulating an impressive 156 runs off 134 balls, the only player from Scotland to accomplish such a huge total. The Bangladeshi squad, headed by explosive opener Tamim Iqbal, got off to a flying start.
Tamim Iqbal, known for his rapid hitting, came up just short of a century, getting 95 runs off 100 balls. His powerful performance set the tone for what would be an exciting pursuit. Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Shakib Al Hasan all scored half-centuries to support their opener’s outstanding performance. Their combined efforts opened the way for an unprecedented win as Bangladesh successfully chased down Scotland’s intimidating objective. Bangladesh’s grit and batting skills were on display in this encounter, which left cricket fans speechless.
Ireland vs England
The year 2011 was genuinely memorable for cricket fans all around the world, with the ODI World Cup acting as the stage for Indian cricket’s development. Among the amazing success of MS Dhoni’s Indian squad, there was an incredible moment when Ireland, the underdogs, defeated England. Ireland successfully chased down a difficult mark of 329 runs in a thrilling one-day international encounter. This game is largely considered one of the finest in ODI history, with Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien scoring 113 runs off just 63 balls. It was a performance that will live on in cricket history, as the underdogs surpassed the cricketing titans, leaving an indelible legacy.
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Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
Few anticipated Pakistan successfully chasing down Sri Lanka’s challenging mark of 345 runs, especially after losing two early wickets. They not only lost their opening batters, but the Sri Lankan spinners also dismissed Pakistan’s skipper, Babar Azam. It appeared to be the end of Pakistan at the time. However, courtesy of centuries from Mohammed Rizwan and Abdullah Shafique, the green team managed to chase down the goal in 48.2 overs. With this historic performance, Pakistan has become the first team in the history of the ODI World Cup to successfully chase 340+ runs.