There has been a significant rise in the number of flat tracks in ODI cricket, in the past ten years. This has given rise to, a lot of enormous team scores. A competitive game in a flat track, tends to have the losing team score a lot too. We will now have a look at the highest team scores in losing cause in ODIs.
10. Australia (2013)
India hosted Australia for a seven-match series, and this was the second match, with Australia having won the first one. Australia batted first, and five batsmen scored half-centuries for them. Australia scored above 350. India, in reply, chased it with ease, with Shikhar Dhawan scoring 95, and Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli scoring a century each. Australia lost the match by nine wickets, with more than six overs to spare. Australia scored 359 in this match.
9. West Indies (2019)
This was the first game of the ODI series, in the England tour of the West Indies. West Indies batted first, and scored 350+, courtesy, a knock of 135 from Chris Gayle. However, the English batsmen, chased it successfully, due to centuries from Jason Roy, and Joe Root. West Indies scored 360 in this match.
8. Pakistan (2019)
This game was the second ODI, in the Pakistan tour of England. England batted first, and scored 373, thanks to Jos Buttler’s 110. In response, Pakistani batsmen, batted well, mainly the opener Fakhar Zaman, who scored 138. Pakistan crossed 360, but eventually fell short. Pakistan scored 361 in this match.
7. England (2018)
This game was the only game in the England tour of Scotland 2018. England was one of the best white ball teams in the world, and it was a big deal, that an Associate nation like Scotland, managed to defeat them. It was a team effort from Scotland, but still, the 140 not out from Calum Macleod stood out. Scotland racked up 371. England, in response, went hard, and didn’t let the run rate wither, but lost wickets at a constant rate. With England needing seven to win from the last eight balls, with one wicket remaining, the last batsman, Mark Wood, fell to an lbw, and Scotland made history, defeating England for the first time. England scored 365 in this match.
6. England (2015)
New Zealand toured England, and this was the second ODI of the tour. New Zealand batted first, and racked up 398. Due to a rain interruption, the target for England, was revised to 379, off 46 overs. Despite, the captain Eoin Morgan scoring 88, and receiving some support knocks from other batsmen, England failed to chase the target. England scored 365 in this match.
5. England (2017)
This game had England bowling first against India. The start was phenomenal for England, bringing India to 25-3. However, Yuvraj Singh, and MS Dhoni, two batsmen who were considered to be way out of their prime, did a rescue job. Both of them made centuries, with Yuvraj scoring his ODI high score. India ended up making a score of 381. England, in response, came close to the target, but couldn’t win the match. England scored 366 in this match.
4. Australia (2016)
This game was the third ODI in the Australia tour of South Africa. Australia batted first, and scored over 370. South Africa, in response, had a team effort, as all the batsmen, from No.1, to No.8, contributed, as South Africa managed to chase the target successfully. Australia scored 371 in this match.
3. West Indies (2019)
West Indies toured England for an ODI series, and this game was the fourth one of the series. West Indies bowled first, and conceded 418. The veteran opener from West Indies, Chris Gayle, stood up, in the face of such a massive target. He scored 162 runs. Despite that, West Indies could not win the match, as, despite scoring over 380, West Indies fell short of the target. West Indies scored 389 in this match.
2. Sri Lanka (2009)
This match was runs galore, as India batted first, and Virender Sehwag scored 146, with the team scoring 414. Sri Lanka, in response, had Tilakaratne Dilshan scoring 160. Sri Lanka almost chased it down, and lost the match, by a whisker. Sri Lanka scored 411 in this match.
1. Australia (2006)
One could almost say, the bowlers were reduced to just bowling machines in this match. Both Australia, and South Africa piled upon runs. Australia batted first, and Ricky Ponting scored 164, leading Australia, to the world record for the highest team score in ODIs. However, within the next four hours, the record broke, as South Africa chased the target successfully, making the new world record. Australia scored 434 in this match.