South Africa only team successfully chased down more than 400 runs in odi

South Africa : Only instance of successfully chasing down more than 400 runs in ODIs

There are total 24 instances where a team has scored more than 400 runs in an innings in ODI cricket. But there is only one instance when a team successfully chase down a 400+ total. South Africa is the only team which successfully achieved chasing down more than 400 runs in ODIs.

Highest innings totals (more than 400 runs in an innings in ODIs)

TeamScoreOversRRInnsOppositionGroundMatch Date
England498/4509.961v NetherlandsAmstelveen17-Jun-22
England481/6509.621v AustraliaNottingham19-Jun-18
England444/3508.881v PakistanNottingham30-Aug-16
Sri Lanka443/9508.861v NetherlandsAmstelveen04-Jul-06
South Africa439/2508.781v West IndiesJohannesburg18-Jan-15
South Africa438/949.58.782v AustraliaJohannesburg12-Mar-06
South Africa438/4508.761v IndiaWankhede25-Oct-15
Australia434/4508.681v South AfricaJohannesburg12-Mar-06
South Africa418/5508.361v ZimbabwePotchefstroom20-Sep-06
India418/5508.361v West IndiesIndore08-Dec-11
England418/6508.361v West IndiesSt George’s27-Feb-19
Australia417/6508.341v AfghanistanPerth04-Mar-15
South Africa416/5508.321v AustraliaCenturion15-Sep-23
India414/7508.281v Sri LankaRajkot15-Dec-09
India413/5508.261v BermudaPort of Spain19-Mar-07
Sri Lanka411/8508.222v IndiaRajkot15-Dec-09
South Africa411/4508.221v IrelandCanberra03-Mar-15
India409/8508.181v BangladeshChattogram10-Dec-22
South Africa408/5508.161v West IndiesSydney27-Feb-15
England408/9508.161v New ZealandBirmingham09-Jun-15
Zimbabwe408/6508.161v U.S.A.Harare26-Jun-23
India404/5508.081v Sri LankaEden Gardens13-Nov-14
New Zealand402/2508.041v IrelandAberdeen01-Jul-08
India401/3508.021v South AfricaGwalior24-Feb-10

Most 400 plus scores by a team in ODIs

Record of Most 400 plus runs in ODI by a team is held by South Africa. 7 times, South Africa has scored 400 plus runs in ODIs. India with 6 number of 400 plus scores comes at second number.

400 runs in odi

Cricketing Feats: Chasing Down 400+ in ODIs – The One and Only

One of the most captivating aspects of cricket is its ability to surprise and enthral fans with extraordinary performances. Over the years, One Day International (ODI) cricket has witnessed numerous milestones and records being shattered. Among these, perhaps one of the most remarkable and rare feats is a team successfully chasing down a total of 400 or more in an ODI innings. While there have been 24 instances where teams have scored more than 400 runs in an ODI innings, there is only one instance where a team accomplished the remarkable task of chasing down such a daunting target.

image 34 South Africa : Only instance of successfully chasing down more than 400 runs in ODIs
image 37 South Africa : Only instance of successfully chasing down more than 400 runs in ODIs
image 35 South Africa : Only instance of successfully chasing down more than 400 runs in ODIs
image 36 South Africa : Only instance of successfully chasing down more than 400 runs in ODIs

The Record-Setting Match

Cricket, often referred to as the “gentleman’s game,” occasionally transforms into a spectacle of raw power and unadulterated aggression. On March 12, 2006, at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, cricket enthusiasts worldwide witnessed one of the most memorable clashes in the history of One Day International (ODI) cricket. This encounter between Australia and South Africa produced a staggering 872 runs, setting new benchmarks and leaving an indelible mark on the sport.

Australia’s Dominance with the Bat

image 33 South Africa : Only instance of successfully chasing down more than 400 runs in ODIs

Winning the toss and electing to bat, Australia kicked off the proceedings with an explosive performance. Adam Gilchrist set the tone, smashing 55 off just 44 balls, while Simon Katich provided solid support with 79 runs. But it was the iconic Ricky Ponting who stole the show. The Australian captain produced a scintillating innings of 164 runs off just 105 balls, featuring 13 fours and an astonishing nine sixes.

Ricky Ponting stole the show

image 31 South Africa : Only instance of successfully chasing down more than 400 runs in ODIs

Ponting’s blitzkrieg, accompanied by Michael Hussey’s aggressive 81 off 51 balls and Andrew Symonds’ unbeaten 27 off 13 balls, propelled Australia to an astronomical total of 434/4 in their allotted 50 overs. With a run rate of 8.68, this innings was a testament to Australia’s batting prowess and ability to set mammoth targets.

South Africa’s Remarkable Chase : highest 400 plus score in ODI at that time

Facing an uphill task of chasing down a record 435 runs to win, South Africa refused to back down. Led by captain Graeme Smith, the Proteas launched an incredible assault on the Australian bowlers. Chased more than 400 runs in odi for the first time ever. Smith himself was the standout performer, smashing 90 runs off just 55 balls, providing the perfect start to their chase.

Hero of the day : Herschelle Gibbs

image 32 South Africa : Only instance of successfully chasing down more than 400 runs in ODIs

However, the heroics of the day came from Herschelle Gibbs, who played an innings for the ages. Gibbs crafted a jaw-dropping 175 runs off 111 balls, featuring 21 boundaries and seven towering sixes. His partnership with Smith yielded 190 runs, setting the stage for an epic run chase.

Despite losing wickets at regular intervals, South Africa continued to attack. Mark Boucher’s composed 50 not out, Johan van der Wath’s explosive 35 off 18 balls, and a quickfire 13 by Justin Kemp kept the chase alive. The match hung in the balance as South Africa approached the daunting target. This was South Africa first ever score where they have scored more than 400 runs in odi.

The Final Over Drama

With just one wicket in hand and seven runs required off the final over, the stage was set for an enthralling climax. Brett Lee, entrusted with the responsibility of bowling the last over, faced Mark Boucher and Makhaya Ntini. In a nerve-wracking finish, South Africa managed to score the required runs with just one ball to spare.

The Johannesburg crowd erupted in joy as South Africa reached 438/9 in 49.5 overs, sealing a historic one-wicket victory over Australia. This match was not only about setting records but also about showcasing the resilience and determination of both teams.

FAQs

What is the record for the highest team total in an ODI and when was it set?

The record for the highest team total in an ODI is 438/9, and it was set by South Africa during their innings in the match against Australia on March 12, 2006.

Who held the previous record for the highest team total in an ODI?

The previous record for the highest team total in an ODI was held by Sri Lanka, who scored 398/5 against Kenya in 1996.

How many sixes were hit in this match, and was it a record?

A total of 26 sixes were hit in the Australia vs. South Africa ODI match in 2006, which was a record at that time for the most sixes in a single ODI.

Who broke the record for the most sixes in a single ODI after this match?

The record for the most sixes in a single ODI was broken by the West Indies, who hit 31 sixes against Scotland in 2015 during a World Cup match.

What was the previous record for the most sixes in a single ODI before the Australia vs. South Africa match in 2006?

The previous record for the most sixes in a single ODI was 21, held jointly by Pakistan and India in a match played in 2004.

Did South Africa’s successful run chase of 434 runs set a new record at that time?

Yes, South Africa’s successful run chase of 434 runs set a new record for the highest successful run chase in ODI history at that time. It is still the world record of highest run chase.

How many runs did South Africa score in their successful run chase?

South Africa scored 438/9 in their run chase, successfully surpassing Australia’s target of 434 runs.

Who was the highest run-scorer for South Africa in this match?

Herschelle Gibbs was the highest run-scorer for South Africa in this match, scoring a remarkable 175 runs.

How many times 400 runs scored in ODI?

There are total 24 instances where a team has scored more than 400 runs in an innings in ODI cricket

Most 400 plus runs in ODI by a team?

Record of Most 400 plus runs in ODI by a team is held by South Africa. 7 times, South Africa has scored 400 plus runs in ODIs. India with 6 number of 400 plus scores comes at second number.

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