Chasing a target of 300 plus is always a big deal in ODI cricket as teams need to thrive under pressure with the required run rate. Winning a game of cricket by chasing a total of 300 plus will be always regarded as one of the huge achievements. However, these days chasing a target of 300 plus doesn’t seem to be a big deal with the new field restrictions and two new ball theory where teams fancy their chances of chasing the total of 300 plus but still the pressure remains the same and they are good enough to handle the pressure and get their team over the line. Now we can take a look at the top 5 run chases of all time in ODI cricket.
5. New Zealand vs Australia, Seadon Park, Hamilton 2006/07:
One of the top five run chases in ODI cricket came between these two nations just before the start of 2007 World cup at Seadon park, Hamilton. After New Zealand clinching the series 2-0 the third ODI was set to play in Seadon park in Hamilton where the Aussies won the toss and without any hesitation they decided to bat first and piled up the runs on the board with Matthew Hayden scoring a unbeaten 181 and Australia ended up with a massive total of 346. New Zealand were off to a disastrous start as they lost heaps of early wickets which was later steadied by Fulton and McMillan with McMillan scoring a quick fire century. McMillan and Brendon McCullum formed a good partnership with McCullum remained unbeaten on 86 and took New Zealand home with just 3 balls to spare. The game ended in a tight finish with New Zealand coming out on top.
4. England vs New Zealand, Trent Bridge, Nottingham 2015:
After coming from a disastrous world cup England made a lot of changes to their one day side and started to play fearless cricket against the finalists of the world cup. With being down in the series 2-1 England went to Nottingham where the New Zealand captain won the toss and batted first. After the solid start provided by the openers Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor steadied the innings with Williamson scoring a solid 90 and a quickfire 44 from 19 balls from Santer at the end of the innings ensured a huge total for New Zealand on the board. England went on to the chase and started playing aggressive from ball one and had a brisk start to their innings by scoring 97 runs in 10 overs. Eoin Morgan and Joe Root batted through the middle and ended up making centuries which ensured the England chase comfortably with 6 overs to spare. This is England’s highest chase in ODI history.
3. India vs Australia, Nagpur 2013 :
In the 7 match Odi series, 4th and 5th ODI were called off due to rain. Australia was leading the series 2-1 going into the 6th ODI at Nagpur. After winning the toss the Indian skipper sent Australia into bat and they posted a huge total of 350 with both Shane Watson and George bailey scoring centuries. India began their chase in a smooth manner and later Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan formed a huge century run partnership which made life little bit easier for the other batsman to follow. After the dismissal of Rohit, Virat and Dhawan put yet another partnership which kept India in a comfortable position. Virat and Dhawan ended up making centuries and in the end Virat took India home by scoring 115 in 66 balls with 3 balls to spare. India chased down Australia’s total of 350 and won the match with 6 wickets in hand.
2. India vs Australia, Jaipur 2013 :
After losing the first ODI in Pune, India went to Jaipur 1-0 where Australia won the toss and decided to bat first. After a solid start provided by Finch and Hughes Australia were in a comfortable position with contribution coming from each and every player ended up scoring 50 plus except Voges and Haddin towards the end. Australia ended up with a massive total of 359-5 in their 50 overs. India began their chase and was off to a brisk start with Rohit and Dhawan laying a solid foundation. Rohit brought up his century in 102 balls where as Dhawan missed out by scoring 95. After the dismissal of Dhawan, Kohli joined the act and scored a century of 52 balls which is the fastest century by an Indian. Both Rohit and Kohli saw India home with just losing one wicket and chased the total by scoring 362 in just 43.3 overs which is the highest ever chase in Indian ODI history
1. South Africa vs Australia, Johannesburg 2006 :
After the 5 match series was leveled at 2-2, the Final and the deciding ODI went on to the Wanderers, Johannesburg. Australia won the toss and decided to bat first in the crucial final ODI match. After a brisk start provided by the openers Gilchirst and Katich, Australia were on the rampage and the skipper Ricky Ponting went on to make a massive hundred. He scored 164 from 105 balls with the support of Michael Hussey who smashed 81 from 51 balls. Australia posted a massive total of 434 and with that they became the first team to go past 400 in an ODI game. South Africa began their chase in an aggressive manner with Grame Smith scoring 90 of 55 balls. However the major contribution came from Gibbs who score a massive 175 from 111 balls which kept South Africa alive in their historic chase. Boucher provided a much needed solidity but he kept on losing partners on the other end. Decent contributions from Van der Wath and Telemachus took South Africa very close to chasing the target. In the final over with just one wicket in hand Boucher hit the winning runs with just one ball to spare and with that he also brought up his half century. South Africa made a historic victory by chasing a record target of 434 and ended up scoring 438-9 which is regarded as the best ODI match ever played in the history of the game. With that historic victory South Africa went on to win the series 3-2.