28 January 2014
Top Ten: Best Team Totals
Cricket is full of record-breaking statistics and the ICC Cricket World Cup is no exception. This month we take a look at the ten biggest team totals in ICC Cricket World Cup history. Interestingly, the top eight scores were after the batting side lost the toss.
Group A Netherlands v Australia at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007
Qualifier Bermuda would have been delighted when it lost the toss and picked up a wicket in its second over – courtesy of the now famous one-handed catch from Bermuda cricketer-come-police officer Dwayne Leverock. But Sourav Ganguly (89) and Virender Sehwag (114) then combined for a 202-run partnership, before Yuvraj Singh (83 off 46 balls) and the little master Sachin Tendulkar (57 off 29 balls) cleared the rope 11 times between them to take India beyond the 400-mark for the first time in ICC Cricket World Cup history.
2. Sri Lanka 398 for five: v Kenya at Kandy – March 6, 1996
On a fantastic batting wicket, Sri Lanka made Kenya rue its decision to bowl first. Sanath Jayasuriya (44 off 27 balls) and Romesh Kaluwitharana (33 off 18 balls) provided the co-host with a rapid start on its home turf. Aravinda de Silva then scored a brilliant 145, ably supported by 84 from Asanka Gurusinha, before Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga plundered 75 off just 40 balls to provide a rapid finish to the innings. Kenya managed a respectable 254 for seven in reply, with Steve Tikolo falling four runs short of becoming the first Kenya centurion at an ICC Cricket World Cup.
3. Australia 377 for six: v South Africa at Basseterre – March 24, 2007
Australia went through the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 undefeated, taking to an experienced South Africa bowling line-up after it elected to bowl first on a lightning fast St Kitts ground. Opener Matthew Hayden bludgeoned a 66-ball century, setting a new ICC Cricket World Cup record at the time. Captain Ricky Ponting scored a run-a-ball 91, Michael Clarke made a fluent 92 and Adam Gilchrist contributed 42 – 30 of which came in boundaries. South Africa looked set to chase down the total after being 220 for one in the 31st over, but Australia fought back to earn an 83-run victory.
4. India 373 for six: v Sri Lanka at Taunton – May 26, 1999
On English soil, an incredible second-wicket partnership propelled India to a total of 373 for six after being sent in to bat by regional rival Sri Lanka. Sourav Ganguly crashed 17 boundaries and seven maximums, dismissed on the second last ball of the innings for 183. Rahul Dravid also scored with freedom, also finding the fence on 17 occasions in his score of 145. Ganguly and Dravid batted together for 45 overs, putting on 318 runs in India’s 157-run win.
5. India 370 for four: v Bangladesh at Dhaka – February 19, 2011
It’s India again, this time against Bangladesh in Dhaka, and with two different centurions. After being sent in, an epic Virender Sehwag innings propelled India to a total of 370 for four. Sehwag scored 175 from just 140 balls, well supported by run-a-ball cameos from Sachin Tendulkar (28) and Gautam Gambhir (39). Virat Kohli also impressed, bringing up his century with a single from the second last ball of the innings. Bangladesh kept pace early in the mammoth chase, but fell away late as India won by 87 runs.
6. New Zealand 363 for five: v Canada at Gros Islet – March 22, 2007
A number of contributors played a role with the bat, as New Zealand reached 363 for five in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 against Canada. Lou Vincent (101) and captain Stephen Fleming (66) scored at a rate of seven runs per over at the top of the order, before Peter Fulton (47) and Scott Styris (28) built on that foundation. Some lusty hitting at the end from Brendon McCullum (52 not out off 21 balls) and Jacob Oram (35 not out) saw New Zealand score 103 runs from the last 10 overs. Despite an early John Davison onslaught (52 off 31 balls) for Canada, the qualifier was bowled out for 249.
7. West Indies 360 for four: v Sri Lanka at Karachi – October 13, 1987
West Indies’ master blaster Sir Viv Richards hammered more than half of his side’s total in a dominant display in Karachi against Sri Lanka. Richards survived a hat-trick ball on his arrival at the crease, before plundering a score of 181, featuring 16 boundaries and seven sixes from just 125 balls. Desmond Hayes played the supporting hand up the other end, compiling 105, while Gus Logie chipped in with a cameo of 31 in a 116-run partnership with his captain. The Windies cruised to victory, Sri Lanka batting out its 50 overs with wickets in hand for a score of just 169.
8. Australia 359 for two: v India at Johannesburg – March 23, 2003
In the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 final, India won the toss and elected to bowl, a decision that proved to be a mistake. Adam Gilchrist (57) and Matthew Hayden (37) put on a 105-run opening stand inside 14 overs, before Australia captain Ricky Ponting (140 not out) and Damien Martyn (88 not out) combined for a 234-run partnership. The massive 360-run target proved too big for India, who lost wickets at regular intervals and was bowled out for 234 in the 40th over.
9. Australia 358 for five: v Netherlands at Basseterre – March 18, 2007
Australia features again, this time on the back of a Brad Hodge century. The Victorian blazed 123 from just 89 balls against the Netherlands, in a 204-run partnership with current Australia captain Michael Clarke (93 not out). Adam Gilchrist, for the third time in this Top Ten, played a pivotal role with 57 at the top of the order against the men in orange. The European qualifier was dismissed for just 129 within 27 overs in its chase of 359.
10. New Zealand 358 for six: v Canada at Mumbai – March 13, 2011
Close to four years after New Zealand amassed a huge total against Canada, it happened again. Brendon McCullum produced his maiden ICC Cricket World Cup ton (101), while New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor hammered 74 from just 44 deliveries. Four other batsmen reached their 30s, the most notable of these being James Franklin’s undefeated 31 off just eight balls, which included a pair of boundaries and three sixes. Canada managed a respectable 261 for nine in reply, with captain Ashish Bagai reaching 84, and Jimmy Hansra undefeated on 70.