Top run chases in ODI Cricket: South Africa Consolidate Top Spot

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As Australia made short work of India’s stupendous 359 run target, winning it with 10 balls to spare, the defeat became the biggest ever run chase successfully carried out against India. Also, the second highest run chase in the country, the rapturous effort by the Australian side saw them record the fifth-highest successful run chase of all time and also became only the second time when a score of 350 plus has been knocked down in an India and Australia encounter.

top run chases in ODI Cricket

The 707 run match wasn’t anything new to the game though. Ever since the beginning of 2000, Cricket saw an upturn in the 50 over format with shorter boundaries, better bats, and pitches conducive to stroke play seeing batsmen amass a bagful of runs. Ever reinventing their expansive range of shots, batsmen all over the world have found out new innovative ways to get under deliveries and dispatch the ball to the fence on sluggish, slow and flat pitches. 

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It’s seen a huge change in the way the game has been approached in recent times with humungous totals becoming an ever-increasing sight. What’s added to the interest of the game is that these targets have over time been chased down successfully by sides, with South Africa finding their place in the top 2 successful highest run chases with both coming against their massive rivals Australia.

Top Run Chases in ODI Cricket

  1. South Africa vs Australia, SA chase down 435

A match that was one of the definers in how a new era of cricket would be approached, the highest run chase ever saw South Africa stun Australia by successfully chasing down the 435 run target set to them. Having scored over 400 for the first time ever in international cricket, Australia despite being quietly confident of going through to a win was pegged back by South Africa who kept pestering them with incessant boundaries.

South Africa vs Australia

It was an incredible run chase, one that reinvigorated South Africa in the match and paved way for batsmen to score freely.

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  1. England vs West Indies, England chase down 361

A record-breaking series, one that saw England obliterate the record for the most sixes hit with 22 in the fourth ODI that saw them go past the 400 run mark, the previous encounter had seen England rule the roost with the bat as well.

England vs West Indies

Despite facing a daunting task of making 361 set by the West Indies, England got to the target comfortably to record the third highest run chase ever of all time.

  1. India vs Australia, Australia Chase Down 359

Just a few days after England and West Indies played out a series where the ball went to the stands on a regular basis, hitting boundaries for their sheer pleasure, Australia showed why this world cup promises to be such an extravaganza.

India vs Australia

Chasing down India’s 359 on a Mohali wicket that was a dream for batsmen, Handscomb and Turner ensured Australia reached the target with ease and with it level the five-match series 2-2

  1. India vs England, India Chase Down 351

Playing at the MCA Stadium, team India despite being decimated by England who took on its bowlers, blowing them apart for a healthy 351, while batting first was never out of the game. In the end, it was not just the win for India but the brilliant way in which it came about with a compelling performance from their batsmen seeing India chase down the target and with it construct the framework of a hammering series win for the tourists.


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