Top 5 Successful Run Chases in ODI World Cup History

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The ODI World Cup is one of the biggest events in white-ball cricket. It is where the big teams are expected to put their best foot forward. Meanwhile, the inexperienced nations or so-called minnows dream of big upsets. No victory is more exciting than chasing down big totals. From mere impossible to successfully chasing a huge target, the winning moment gives goosebumps to players and fans alike. 

The ODI World Cup has witnessed some big chases over the years. Let us look at the top 5 successful run chases in ODI history.  

Top 5 Successful Chases in ODI World Cup History

Pakistan holds the record for the most successful chase in ODI World Cup history. The 1992 World Cup champions hunted down 345 against Sri Lanka in the 2023 World Cup league stage fixture. Ireland, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka are the other teams in the top five successful run chases in the ODI World Cup history list.  

Here are the top five chases that have taken place in the ODI World Cup.

  1. Pakistan vs Sri Lanka – 345/4 (2023 World Cup)
  2. Ireland vs England – 329/7 (2011 World Cup)
  3. Bangladesh vs West Indies – 322/4 (2019 World Cup)
  4. Bangladesh vs Scotland – 322/3 (2015 World Cup)
  5. Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe – 313/7 (1992 World Cup)

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka (2023 World Cup)

Sri Lanka opted to bat first in the league stage game of the 2023 World Cup in Hyderabad. Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama piled misery on bowlers, registering a hundred each. Pakistan hit back after the middle overs and restricted Sri Lanka, who threatened to surpass 400 at one stage, under 344. Hasan Ali took four wickets.

Pakistan, in reply, lost Imam ul Haq and Babar Azam early. But Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Rizwan shared a partnership of 176 runs for the third wicket, which ensured Pakistan created history and maintained its unbeaten streak over the Lankans in the ODI World Cup.

Ireland vs England (2011 World Cup)

In a thriller of a match, Ireland produced one of the biggest upsets in the World Cup and chased down a mammoth 328 in Bengaluru. England won the toss and opted to bat first, and riding on the fifties from Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, and Kevin Pietersen, they posted 328. 

Ireland were reeling at 111/5 at one point in the run chase. But from here on, Kevin O’Brien took over and smashed a counter-attacking 113 off just 63 balls to help Ireland earn a historic win over its neighbours. Alex Cusack and John Mooney gave O’Brien able support.

Bangladesh vs West Indies (2019 World Cup)

At Taunton, Bangladesh had won the toss and opted to field against West Indies in a 2019 World Cup group stage fixture. Three batters – Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, and Shimron Hetmyer – from the West Indies scored fifties, which helped the ‘Men in Maroon’ rack up 321 for the loss of eight wickets.

Shakib Al Hasan and Litton Das made the target look easy as the duo put together an unbeaten 189 runs for the fourth wicket. The all-rounder hit a hundred, while Litton made a 69-ball 94. Bangladesh chased down 322 with 51 balls to spare. 

Bangladesh vs Scotland (2015 World Cup)

Interestingly, Bangladesh was involved in another high-scoring chase. This time, it was against Scotland in the 2015 World Cup group stage match at Saxton Oval, Nelson. The Tigers won the toss and opted to field first, and the decision seemed to backfire as Scotland set a target of 318/8 thanks to Kyle Coetzer’s 156. 

In the run chase, Bangladesh was led by Tamim Iqbal, who missed his century by a whisker. He got great support from Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Shakib Al Hasan, who all scored half-centuries. They chased down the target with 11 balls remaining.

Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe (1992 World Cup)

Sri Lanka chased down a mammoth target of 313 against Zimbabwe when it was not normal to chase down such a total. In the 1992 World Cup league stage clash, the African nation had batted first and piled up 313, riding on a century from Andy Flower and Andy Waller’s 83.

In reply, Sri Lanka counter-attacked. Openers Roshan Mahanama and Athula Samarasekera added 128 runs for the first wicket. After both openers departed, Arjuna Ranatunga took control of the run chase and helped Sri Lanka track down the total with four balls to spare with an unbeaten 88.

Concluding Thoughts

Interestingly, none of the big three – India, Australia, and England- have featured in the top five chases at the ODI World Cup. It shows that the likes of Bangladesh and Ireland can deliver eye-catching performances against the top teams on the big stage.

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FAQs about 5 Top Successful Run Chases in ODI WC History

Has any team chased 400+ in the ODI World Cup?

No team has chased down a 400+ total in the ODI World Cup history. 

Which team holds the highest successful run chase record in ODI World Cup history?

Pakistan holds the record for the most successful chase in ODI World Cup history after tracking down 345 against Sri Lanka in the 2023 World Cup.

Which Ireland player has scored a hundred against England in the ODI World Cup? 

Former Ireland batter Kevin O’Brien scored a century against England in the 2011 World Cup, where Ireland chased down 329 against their neighbours.