ICC World Cup 2019: Top Five Highest Team Totals In the World Cup History
The first One-Day International World Cup held in 1975, also known as the Prudential ’75, was also held in England. The very first match was held between England and Australia that was won by the Kangaroos. Though the final battle was between Australia and the Windies, the highest score of the tournament was made by England. They scored the then giant 334 runs and won the match against India by 102 runs.
And while we talk about how the scores have rapidly increased in the world cups, the distinct pitches of England and Wales have seemingly changed as well. The surfaces are now placid, supporting batsmen to let teams make maximum possible runs. They now have better drainage facility, retaining less moisture which allows more space for high scores.
After that, the total scores made by the teams during 50-over matches have hyped up in the previous years. In the second last ODI series held at England and Wales between West Indies and England, saw a mammoth of 418 runs for six wickets. It was the fourth match of the ODI series where West Indies lost the match by 29 runs.
Hence, discussed below is the list of the five highest totals in the World Cup history.
#5 Sri Lanka:
It was a golden year for Sri Lanka as they made their debut in the World Cup by ending up defeating Australia by seven wickets. They were making a rapid rise throughout the tournament, and the 28th match of the tournament was their best. In the match, played against Kenya, Sri Lankans gave the opponents a giant target of 398 runs to chase in 50 overs.
Aravinda de Silva was their player of the tournament who made most runs for the team. In the match, he had scored 145 off 115 balls and was the player of the match. Kenya tried their best and could post 245 on the board, in reply.
South Africa is one of the most reliable teams when it comes to one-day cricket. But even after having best batsmen, most excellent fielders and quickest bowlers, South Africa have failed to lift a single title of the eleven World Cups held so far.
However, the team does perform good and sets up the toughest scores for its opponents. One of the two best scores of the tournaments was during the match against West Indies. In the 19th match of the World Cup 2015, the Proteas managed to post staggering 408 for the Windies to chase. It was their veteran star AB de Villiers who scalped 66 balls 162 in the match, while Imran Tahir choked Windies with his 5/45 knock in 10 overs.
The highest total of South Africa in the very same tournament came during the 24th match of the event. There was a perfect balance shown by the team. But the hero of the match was different this time.
It was their perfect all-rounder and the current captain of the team who smashed every ball like it was a child’s play. Hashim Amla, the all-rounder, made 159 runs in 128 balls while Du Plessis bagged 109 off 109 balls. The South African bowlers made it difficult for the Ireland batsmen to stay put at the crease and sent them all in the duck at 210 runs in 45 overs.
It was at that time when India was soaring high in the cricketing world. The smartest wicketkeeper and former captain cool, MS Dhoni had just joined the national team.
The veteran cricketer, Virender Sehwag, slammed Bermuda down with his 87 balls 114 runs. He was the Player of the Match, by the end of the game. India won the final match with blitzkrieg score of 257, which was the then largest victory margin by runs in ODI history.
They are the megalomaniac of the World Cup in cricket. Australia is a big competition for all the other teams in the World Cup. They have won maximum World Cup tournaments with five out of the eleven gala events held so far.
The match against Afghanistan has been their biggest total in the ODI World Cup. With David Warner‘s 178 runs off 133 balls, Aussies set the score of 417 for the opponent team to chase. Though Warner was the centre of attention in the game. Besides, Steven Smith(95) and Glenn Maxwell(88) also contributed to the team’s lead score.
After the batsmen did their bid, bowlers spun their magic on the field as well. Aussies took out Afghanistan in 37.3 overs at a mere score of 142 runs, Mitchell Johnson scalped four wickets conceding 22 runs in 7.3 overs.
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