One Day Internationals or ODI is a limited-overs format in cricket, featuring two teams, who play a fixed number of overs, currently 50, in an innings. This format of the game, although a 20th-century development, has garnered keen interest globally, courtesy of its topsy-turvy nature.

While most ODIs are competitive, there have been multiple instances where one team has established their supremacy over the other. The Indian cricket team, New Zealand and Australia have recorded the biggest victory margins by runs in ODIs.

After a dominant performance at the Greenfield International Stadium against Sri Lanka in January 2023, India hold the record for the biggest win by runs in ODI cricket.

Team India features two more times in this top 10 list with exceptional performances against Bermuda and Hong Kong. South Africa, too, have three entries in the list, while Australia has two.

Let us take a look at the largest victory margin by runs in ODI cricket.

Biggest win by runs in ODI cricket

Winner

Victory margin

Target

Opposition

Date

India

317 runs

391

Sri Lanka

January 15, 2023

New Zealand

290 runs

403

Ireland

July 1, 2008

Australia

275 runs

418

Afghanistan

March 4, 2015

South Africa

272 runs

400

Zimbabwe

October 22, 2010

South Africa

258 runs

302

Sri Lanka

January 11, 2012

India

257 runs

414

Bermuda

March 19, 2007

South Africa

257 runs

409

West Indies

February 27, 2015

Australia

256 runs

302

Namibia

February 27, 2003

India

256 runs

375

Hong Kong

June 25, 2008

Pakistan

255 runs

338

Ireland

August 18, 2016

India - won by 317 runs vs Sri Lanka

Rohit Sharma won the toss against Sri Lanka at Thiruvananthapuram and elected to bat first. After Rohit was dismissed for 42, Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli upped the ante, guiding India to a mammoth total. Kohli smashed his 10th century against Sri Lanka, while Gill scored his second ton as India amassed 390/5.

In the run chase, Mohammed Siraj derailed the island nation early on as the tourists failed to build any substantial partnerships. Siraj’s four-for and two wickets, each, from Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav restricted the visitors to only 73 runs. The 317-run victory is the only 300-plus winning margin in ODI cricket.

New Zealand - won by 290 runs vs Ireland

Meanwhile, the Black Caps, who beat Ireland by 290 runs, previously held the record for the biggest margin of victory in ODIs. In July 2008 at Aberdeen, New Zealand were asked to bat first and smashed a gigantic score of 402/2. While James Marshall scored a 141-ball 161, Brendon McCullum stunned the Irish with 166 runs off 135 balls.

The Kiwi pace attack, led by Tim Southee, made light work of Ireland in the run chase. Southee and Michael Mason picked three wickets, each, as six batters failed to reach double digits. Ireland were bowled out for 112 in 28.4 overs, handing New Zealand an enormous victory. 

Australia - won by 275 runs vs Afghanistan

Australia, the record ICC Cricket World Cup winners, displayed their title credentials in fine fashion against Afghanistan in the group stage of the 2015 edition. Powered by a rampant 178 off 133 by David Warner, wherein he smashed 24 boundaries, the Aussies scored 417/6 at WACA in Perth.

Afghanistan’s lack of experience at the highest level affected them in the run chase. Mitchell Johnson ran through the top and middle order with his threatening pace, picking up four wickets, while two-fors from Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc helped bundle out the opponents for 142. A tremendous all-round performance sealed a 275-run success for the eventual champions.

 

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