Australia started off their 2020 in the ODI format in a great fashion as they thumped the in-form Indian team in the first game of the 3-match ODI series. Their opening pair of David Warner and Aaron Finch smashed unbeaten centuries to help the Aussies cruise in the Wankhede ODI.
The Australian openers shared a record 258-run partnership as they chased down the target of 256 without losing a wicket. The duo needed only 37.4 overs to complete the chase and go 1-0 up in the series.
Here we look at the top five successful chases during 10-wicket victories in ODI cricket:
5. Sri Lanka vs England in 2011 CWC – Target 230
Sri Lanka took on England in the quarter-final of the 2011 World Cup at the Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium. Timely wickets by the Sri Lankan bowlers limited the English team to only 229/6. The target was expected to be a bit tricky given the pressure situation of a knockout. However, the Sri Lanka openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga didn’t let England bowlers to take charge.
They added 57 runs in the mandatory powerplay of 10 overs and half of the target was scored by 21st over only. Dilshan was the aggressor among the two as he brought up his fifty in 57 balls and took 50 more balls for his second fifty. He finished unbeaten on 108 off 115 deliveries while Tharanga brought up his hundred by hitting the winning runs in the 40th over.
This was the then highest successful chase in ODI cricket during a 10-wicket victory. Sri Lanka thus broke the record held by West Indies with their 221-run chase against Pakistan during the 1992 World Cup match at the MCG. Though Sri Lanka’s chase is now the 5th highest in the list, it is still the highest successful chase without losing a wicket in the World Cup.
4. New Zealand vs Zimbabwe, 2015 – Target 236
New Zealand qualified to the final of an ODI World Cup for the first time during the 2015 CWC edition. However, in only their 2nd ODI series after the mega event, a near full-strength New Zealand team struggled against the Zimbabwe team. The 3-match ODI series was led by Zimbabwe who chased down a target of 304 comfortably in the first match of the series.
The home team were rescued by Sikandar Raza’s unbeaten century at No.7 as Zimbabwe finished on 235/6 from 146/8 in the 37th over. As the target was not so big, the New Zealand opening pair of Martin Guptill and Tom Latham didn’t play their shorts straight away. New Zealand needed 65 balls and 63 balls respectively for their first two 50-run milestones in the chase.
Guptill, well-known for this aggressive approach in the limited-overs, reached his fifty in 70 balls and took 46 more to complete his 100. He finished on 116 from 138 balls while Latham got 110 from only 116 deliveries as the target was chased down in 42.2 overs. This chase of 236 was the then the highest in ODIs during a 10-wicket win bettering Sri Lanka’s 230-run chase against England in 2011 CWC Quarters.
3. England vs Sri Lanka, 2016 – Target 255
England’s batting became a force to deal in the limited-overs formats by the time Sri Lanka toured them in 2016. The Lankans managed to hold the home team in the first match to a Tie thanks to a maximum from Liam Plunkett on the last ball of the game. In the second game of the 5-match ODI series, the two sides faced off in Birmingham. Sri Lanka finished on 254/7 after struggling through their innings.
Both the openers Alex Hales and Jason Roy took little time at the start of the chase to get going as they needed 55 balls apiece to reach fifty. Roy took 37 more balls for bringing up his hundred while Hales completed his hundred in 91 deliveries. England, who were 111/0 in 20 overs, smashed 108 runs in the next 10 overs. They finished the chase of 255 in only 34.1 overs and took a 1-0 lead in the series.
This became the highest 10-wicket chase in ODI cricket bettering New Zealand’s 236-run chase against Zimbabwe. If we ignore the match situation, this chase by England can be considered as a proper revenge over the Sri Lankans for what they did in the 2011 World Cup quarter-final. In fact, England did it in a better way as they chased down at 7.49 runs an over with 89 balls to spare.
2. Australia vs India, 2020 – Target 256
Australia’s successful chase of 256 in Mumbai is now the 2nd highest ever successful chase in ODI cricket during a 10-wicket victory. This was only the 2nd time India lost an ODI match by 10 wickets on home soil. The 2005 Kolkata ODI against South Africa was the first such instance. This is also the first time Australia won by 10 wickets in an ODI since beating Bangladesh by the same margin in the 2007 World Cup.
This was the 2nd time India lost an ODI match by 10 wickets while defending a 200+ target. The other such instance was during the 1997 Bridgetown ODI where West Indies chased down 200 in 44.4 overs. Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Stuart Williams scored 109 and 78 respectively. In fact, Australia never won an ODI match by 10-wicket margin while chasing even a 150+ target before this game.
The 256-run chase by Australia is also the highest ODI chase during a 10-wicket win against the home side. The previous highest was 236 by New Zealand against the Zimbabwe team. In fact, Australia’s chase of 256 was also the 5th highest successful chase by a 10-wicket margin in List A cricket and also the first-ever 250+ chase without losing a wicket against the home team in this format.
1. South Africa vs Bangladesh, 2017 – Target 279
South Africa started their 2017/18 home series with a grand win against the touring Bangladesh team. In the first of the 3-match ODI series, Bangladesh posted 278/7 in their 50 overs as Mushfiqur Rahim scored an unbeaten 110 off 116 balls. South Africa, in reply, kept scoring runs at run-a-ball pace from the start and didn’t let Bangladesh have any chance in defending the total.
Quinton de Kock smashed a 145-ball 168 while Hashim Amla scored 110 off 112 balls as South Africa chased down the target in 42.5 overs. They thus set record for the highest successful chase without losing a wicket in ODI cricket breaking the record held by England with their 255-run chase in 2016. South Africa’s 279-run chase is also the then highest during a 10-wicket win in List A cricket.
They thus broke the record set by Delhi against Punjab with a 275-run chase thanks to hundreds from Shikhar Dhawan (139*) and Aakash Chopra (130*). However, South Africa’s List A record was eclipsed in the 2018 Pakistan One-Day Cup. The opening pair of Khurram Manzoor (190*) and Shan Masood (100*) helped Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to chase down 298 in only 38.1 overs against Punjab (Pakistan).
(Stats as on January 14, 2020)
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