Top 10 Highest Team Totals in Cricket World Cup History

Top 10 Highest Team Totals in Cricket World Cup History

Fans have witnessed some of the best innings during the ICC World Cups. Today, we will review the top 10 highest team scores in the history of the Cricket World Cup. 

In ODIs, first-inning totals are crucial to winning the match and putting pressure on opponent teams. A score of more than 300 runs is usually challenging to return from, and groups that reach the 400-run barrier have typically found success.

Highest Team Totals in Cricket World Cup History

The scoring rates have increased dramatically as the game has developed, and teams that have remained true to it have shown themselves to be dangerous. 

1. South Africa – 428 runs

South Africa’s destructive batting during the ICC World Cup 2023 amazed the world. South Africa holds the record for the highest team totals during the cricket World Cup history by scoring 428 runs in their first innings against Sri Lanka. 

Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, and Aiden Markram scored hundreds, taking the game away from Sri Lanka. Aiden Markram broke it by getting to 100 in just 49 balls. 

After getting the highest score in the World Cup, it was clear South Africa would beat Sri Lanka badly. The second team lost 102 runs as it was bowled out for 326 runs in less than 45 overs.

2. Australia – 417 Runs

Australia scored 417 runs against Afghanistan during ODI World Cup 2015. Australia did something very rare with David Warner’s 178 runs off of just 133 balls. During the 2015 World Cup, Australia’s batters were in great shape. 

They helped the team score big totals of 376 runs against Sri Lanka and 342 runs against England. The team also scored 328 runs against India in the semi-final, which won the game and advanced them to the ODI World Cup final, where they won their fifth title.

3. India – 413 Runs

India had a strange time in the 2007 ODI World Cup. The team lost severely to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, which meant they were out of the game before the Super Eights. However, Virender Sehwag hit 114 runs in 87 balls in their only win. 

India scored 413 runs against Bermuda; Sehwag hit 17 fours and three sixes. Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, and Sachin Tendulkar all hit essential scores for the team simultaneously.

Anil Kumble took three wickets in the second half of the game, which was enough to get Bermuda out for 156 runs.

4. South Africa – 411 Runs 

During the 2015 World Cup, South Africa had one of the most exciting teams. The team missed out on making it to its first World Cup final, but all cricket fans will remember its brilliant batting throughout the event for a long time. 

It took 50 overs for the Proteas to score 411 runs in one of their league games against Ireland. Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis both hit tons. The lower middle order gave the innings a much-needed boost. 

Ultimately, David Miller and Rilee Rossouw helped the team score 110 more runs in less than nine overs. In the end, South Africa beat Ireland by a record 201 runs by getting rid of their bowlers for 210 runs.

5. India – 410 Runs

The hosts of the 2023 event put on a show in their last group game against the Netherlands. Each of their first five batters scored at least fifty, the first time at the men’s ODI World Cup that five or more batters scored fifty or more in an innings.

Shreyas hit 128 out of 94 balls, and Rahul hit 102 from 64, with 15 fours each. Their 208-run partnership ended the game for the Dutch before they even could play. At the ODI World Cup, Rahul became the fastest Indian batter to score a hundred. It only took him 62 balls.

It was India’s eighth 350+ score in ODIs in 2023, more than England’s seven in 2019. In this format, it was also the most for any team in a calendar year. More would be added before the World Cup was over.

6. South Africa – 408 Runs

As we already said, South Africa had an excellent batting order in 2015. The team scored 408 runs against the West Indies, largely thanks to an excellent hitting performance by captain Ab de Villiers. The right-hander hit 17 fours and eight sixes on his way to 162 runs without being out in just 66 deliveries.

As the game went on, de Villiers broke the record for the fastest ODI 150 by getting to that mark in just 64 balls. After that, his impressive performance earned him Man of the Match honors as South Africa beat the Caribbean team by 257 runs.

7. New Zealand – 401 Runs

New Zealand’s score of 401/6 against Pakistan in the 2023 World Cup is only the sixth time a team has scored more than 400 runs in the tournament. Interestingly enough, this record is one of a kind because New Zealand lost this game.

The Kiwis’ top scorers were Rachin Ravindra (108/94 runs) and Kane Williamson (95/79 runs). Their 180-run combo off of just 142 balls gave the Black Caps a score that looked impossible to beat.

Pakistani Fakhar Zaman, on the other hand, had other plans. In a game slowed down by rain, the opening hit an unbeaten hundred to keep up with the DLS’s asking rate. When it rained, Pakistan was already well ahead of the rate they were going at (200/1 off 25 overs).

8. South Africa – 399 Runs 

Again, South Africa is on this list because they consistently score many runs at the World Cup. The Proteas have been killing it with the bat in 2023, just like in 2015. Only when they played first against Australia in Lucknow did they score less than 350 runs. Other than that, they have consistently achieved more than 350 runs.

A league game between South Africa and England was played in Mumbai. South Africa scored 399 runs but lost seven wickets. Rassie van der Dussen and Reeza Hendricks put together a 121-run partnership for the second wicket, and both openers hit fifty runs. 

On the other hand, Heinrich Klaasen and Marco Jansen’s 151 runs together took the game away from England. Well done, Klaasen! He got to 100 in just 61 balls, the fifth-fastest ODI World Cup hundred ever.

9. Australia – 399 Runs

Australia’s 2023 World Cup quest got off to a bad start when they lost their first two games. They made a fantastic comeback by winning their next four games. The way they hit has been their strength, and they showed that in New Delhi against the Netherlands. 

When Australia batted first, they scored 399 runs and won the game by a massive 309-run spread. It was the biggest win by runs in the history of the ODI World Cup.

David Warner got another hundred while batting first, but Glenn Maxwell’s lightning-fast showing stole the show. With 40 balls, the right-hander became the fastest player in ODI World Cup history to score a hundred.

10. Sri Lanka 398 Runs

Only sometimes did teams score 300 runs in 1996, but Sri Lanka did something unique against Kenya. In Kandy, Sri Lanka scored 398 runs in their first game against Kenya. 

Aravinda de Silva scored 145 runs off of just 115 balls, with 14 fours and five sixes. Asanka Gurusinha and captain Arjuna Ranatunga also hit fifty runs for the team.

Arjuna Ranatunga and Muttiah Muralitharan took some wickets with the ball. Kenya lost by 144 runs, even though Steve Tikolo had a great 96-run innings.

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