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Highest Totals in ODI World Cup Batters worldwide have become aggressive, and high-scoring matches have been standard since the T20 revolution. It also had its effects in the ODI World Cup, as a few teams, mainly South Africa, have posted huge totals in the last few editions. 

We look at the ODI World Cup’s top five highest totals. 

Top 5 Highest Team Scores in ODI World Cup History

South Africa currently holds the highest total in the ODI World Cup. The Proteas posted 428 against Sri Lanka in the league stage clash at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi. Australia and India are second and third in the list, courtesy of their batting exploits against Afghanistan and Bermuda. 

Here are the top five totals registered in the ODI World Cup.

  1. South Africa – 428/5 vs Sri Lanka
  2. Australia – 417/6 vs Sri Lanka
  3. India 413/5 –  vs Sri Lanka
  4. South Africa – 411/4 vs Sri Lanka
  5. South Africa – 408/5 vs West Indies

South Africa 428/5

South Africa is a team that has always been blessed with destructive batters like Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markran, Quinton de Kock, and David Miller. In the 2023 World Cup against Sri Lanka, the South African batters unleashed their batting prowess, smashing the Lankan bowlers for 428 runs. 

As many as three South African batters scored centuries, and South Africa easily won the match by 102 runs. Aiden Markram rewrote the fastest hundred in the ODI World Cup record, while Quinton de Kock and Heinrich Klaasen, too, hit tons.

Australia 417/6

Australia was playing the 2015 ODI World Cup in their backyard and made the most of it. The Australian team was on fire when the Michael Clarke-led team faced Afghanistan. David Warner was ruthless, scoring 178 runs against a decent Afghanistan bowling attack.

Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell added 95 and 88, respectively, as Australia posted 417/6 in their 50 overs. The Kangaroos scored over 100 runs in the last ten overs, with three Afghanistan bowlers conceding over 80 runs in their full quota of overs.

India 413/5 vs Bermuda

India was knocked out of the 2007 ODI World Cup in the first round, a campaign that Indian fans would rather forget. The only bright spark in India’s 2007 ODI World Cup campaign was the match against Bermuda. 

The ‘Men in Blue’ batted first, putting the Bermuda bowling attack under immense pressure early in the match. Virender Sehwag scored 114 off 87 balls and was ably supported by Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, and Yuvraj Singh, all of whom scored a half-century. India ended up with 413/5. 

South Africa 411/4

Ireland bowlers were no match for South African batters when the two teams faced each other in the 2015 World Cup. South African batters came hard at the Irish bowlers, with Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis scoring impactful centuries. The duo stitched together 247 runs for the second wicket. 

David Miller and Rile Rossouw added a 110-run stand in just 51 balls to take South Africa 411 in their 50 overs. Max Sorensen and Kevin O’Brien conceded more than ten runs per over, as the Proteas batters showed no mercy towards the Irish bowlers at Manuka Oval.

South Africa 408/5

The West Indies team learned the hard way why AB de Villiers is called Mr. 360 when they locked horns with South Africa in the 2015 ODI World Cup. The legendary batter racked up 162 runs just off 66 balls at Sydney Cricket Ground. It was a classic example of aggressive batting. De Villiers hits right sixes and 17 fours. 

Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, and Rilee Rossouw hit half-centuries as South Africa registered 408/5 in their 50 overs. West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder had a dreadful outing with the ball, conceding 104 runs in his ten overs.

Concluding Thoughts

Teams no longer hold themselves in international cricket, especially if the conditions are batting-friendly. Fearless batters will try to impose themselves and will play with complete freedom. With such a mindset, teams will likely put massive runs on the board on the big stage. 

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