England’s 481/6 against Australia in June 2018 is to date the highest ODI score. The English rode on the centuries of Jonny Bairstow (92-ball 139) and Alex Hales (92-ball 147) to become only the team in history to breach the 450-run mark in the limited-overs format.
In doing so, England surpassed the previous best score of 444/3, also set by them. In August 2016, Eoin Morgan’s English team batted first with Alex Hales smashing a 122-ball 171 against Pakistan.
Interestingly, both of England’s highest ODI scores came at Nottingham.
Prior to England holding the record for the highest ODI score, Sri Lanka hit the highest ODI score against the Netherlands in 2006. Hundreds from Sanath Jayasuriya (157) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (117*) propelled the Lankan Lions to 443/9. Their efforts set the tone for the visitors to beat the Netherlands by 195 runs at Amstelveen.
Highest ODI score
|South Africa||439/2||West Indies||2015|
|South Africa||408/5||West Indies||2015|
Australia were the first team in history to register a 400-plus total in ODI cricket. Led by Ricky Ponting’s 105-ball 164, the Aussies scored 434/4 in 50 overs against South Africa in the 2006 Johannesburg ODI match.
The Proteas, in return, registered the highest successful chase in history as they scored 438/9 in response. Herschelle Gibbs struck a match-winning 175 runs off 111 balls to guide South Africa to their highest ODI score at the time.
South Africa would eventually improve on their own record in 2015, when they slammed a first innings score of 439/2 against the West Indies. The game saw AB de Villiers hit the fastest hundred in ODI history.
When it comes to the Indian cricket team, the Men in Blue hit their highest ODI score of 418/5 against the West Indies in 2011. The match, which India won by 153 runs, saw Virender Sehwag hit a 149-ball 219 while the spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Rahul Sharma grabbed three wickets each.
The new record total came about for Team India four years after they recorded their maiden 400-plus ODI total and their highest score in the ODI World Cup. In the 2007 Cricket World Cup, Virender Sehwag’s 87-ball 114 steered India to a score of 413/5 against Bermuda. The Men in Blue eventually won the tie by a whopping 257 runs.
Highest ODI score by team
South Africa are the team with six or more 400-plus totals in ODIs. They are followed by India (five) and England (four) with three or more 400-plus scores in the 50-overs format.
|Team||No. of 400-plus scores||Wins||Defeats|
Author: William Paul
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