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Road to 2015 World Cup: Top 5 largest victory margins from the past

The 40-year old World Cup history has seen a lot of teams decimating their opponents on many occasions. Like in the ICC World Cup 2003, India literally crushed Sri Lanka by 183 runs at Johannesburg. Australia, the winners of ICC World Cup 2007, annihilated New Zealand in a league stage match by 215 runs at St. George’s. So, while revisiting such stat, let us get across to the top 5 highest victory margins from the past mega events: 

5. 231 runs- South Africa (Winner) vs Netherlands, ICC World Cup 2011 (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh), Mar 3

The fourth largest victory margin from all World Cup’s. Netherlands skipper Peter Borren won the toss and chose to field under the overcast skies at Mohali. After a sluggish start, Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers shredded the Netherland’s bowling attack in a blaze of big hits and both brought up their hundreds. JP Duminy then smashed 40 off just 15 balls as South Africa propelled to a huge total of 351/5 in their 50 overs.

South Africa’s bowling lead by Imran Tahir then backed up the batting with a near-perfect display to set up the fourth largest win in World Cup history.

4. 243 runs- Sri Lanka (Winner) vs Bermuda, ICC World Cup 2007 (West Indies), Mar 15

The third largest victory margin in the World Cup history. After electing to bat on a flat deck at Port of Spain, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan and skipper Mahela Jayawardene scored fluent half-centuries and Bermuda bowlers and with some late blitz at the end by Chamara Silva, Sri Lanka raised to 321/6 in their 50 overs.

Chasing the mammoth target of 322, Bermuda batsmen struggled to find their feet at the crease and except David Hemp and Lionel Cann, none of their batsmen was able to cross the double-figure mark. Paceman Farveez Maharoof and Slinga (Lasith) Malinga shared 7 wickets as Bermuda walloped to the third heaviest defeat in World Cup.

3. 256 runs- Australia (Winner) vs Namibia, ICC World Cup 2003 (South Africa), Feb 27

The second largest victory margin in the World Cup history. Australian captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and chose to bat on the dry Potchefstroom wicket. The trio of Matthew Hayden, Andrew Symonds and Darren Lehmann made light work of the Namibian bowlers and helped their team post a total of 301 in their 50 overs. Hayden and Symonds scored 88 and 59 respectively whereas Lehmann remained unbeaten on 50 off just 31 balls.

In reply, Namibia never got going and Glenn McGrath crushed their batting lineup by taking 7 wickets and they got bundled out for just 45 in 14 overs. McGrath’s returned with an impressive figures of 7-4-15-7.

2. 257 runs- India (Winner) vs Bermuda, ICC World Cup 2007 (West Indies), Mar 19

The largest victory margin from all World Cup’s. Bermuda captain Irving Romaine won the toss and asked the Men in Blue to bat on a flat wicket at Port of Spain. Indian batsmen made merry as riding on Virender Sehwag’s hundred and Sourav Ganguly’s fifty, they reached 200 in just 29 overs. Both Yuvraj Singh and Sachin Tendulkar then played a blistering innings of 83 and 57* respectively and took India to 414; the highest total ever in the World Cup history. A total of 11 sixes were hit by both of them.

In reply, the Indian bowlers didn’t allow Bermuda batsmen to settle and they lost wickets at regular intervals. Except David Hemp, who scored 76, none other batsmen was able to play a significant innings and Bermuda got all out for 156 and lost the match. Ajit Agarkar and Anil Kumble were the wrecker-in-chief as they took three wickets each.

2. 257 runs- South Africa (winner) vs West Indies, ICC World Cup 2015 (Australia and New zealand), Feb 27 

After AB de Villiers’s unbelievable magnificient show (162* off 66 balls, Imran Tahir delivered an excellent spell as South Africa pummelled West Indies by 257 runs at SCG. Chasig 409, West Indies were bundled out for just 151 courtesy Imran Tahir’s 5-45, his first 5-wicket haul in ODIs.

1. 275 runs- Australia (winner) vs Afghanistan, ICC World Cup 2015 (Australia and New zealand), Feb 27

Australia defeated Afghanistan by 275 runs in their Pool A encounter at Perth. Aussies scored 418-7 courtesy David Warner’s 178 along with Steve Smith’s 95 and Glenn Maxwell’s 88. In reply, Afghan were bowled out for just 140 earning the hosts a 275 run win. Mitchell Johnson was the lading wicket taker with fighures of 4-22 while Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc finished with 2 apiece. With this win, Australia registers the highest ever victory margin in terms of runs for any team in the World Cups.







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South Africa

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