In 1983, a modest score of 183 was more than enough for India to create one of the biggest upsets ever witnessed in the history of the game. Despite having such a low total on the board, the Kapil Dev-led side had heroically defeated the might West Indies to give India their first-ever World Cup.
But defending 183 even in a 20-over game let alone One-Day Internationals is a next to impossible. The scenario has completely changed now. Even 300-plus totals are far from being safe now. The reason behind the same is perhaps twofold – one and foremost is that the players have developed skillsets which help them play aggressively. The players have become fearless and rarely shy from playing any ambitious shots which pay them rich dividends.
The second reason is that the current situation has slightly tilted the game in batsmen’s favour. Smaller grounds, fielding restrictions and other rules have made it easy for the batsmen to score at a faster rate.
So through this article, we take a look at the teams which have chased down 300-plus total the most number of times:
- Pakistan and South Africa – 7 :
South Africa and Pakistan are jointly fifth in this list. Both the teams have chased down 300-plus total on seven occasions. The Proteas are the record-holders for the highest successful run-chase in ODI cricket, an unbelievable 438 for nine against Australia in Johannesburg. On the other hand, Pakistan’s highest successful 300-plus total is 329.
- England – 8:
At number 4 in the list is England. A team which rarely did well in ODIs has wholly transformed under the captaincy of Eoin Morgan since the disastrous outing in the 2015 World Cup. They are currently one of the most feared sides in the ODI.
Coming to the 300-plus chases, England has done it on eight occasions. Their highest successful chase is 350.
- Australia – 9:
At number three in this list is Australia. The most decorated team in the history of ODIs, Australia have chased down 300-plus total on nine occasions. Their highest successful chase is 334 for eight against England.
- Sri Lanka – 10:
One of the only two teams to have chased down 300-plus totals more than nine times, Sri Lankan team, is second in the list. The Islanders have chased down 300-plus totals on 10 occasions.
Sri Lanka’s highest successful chase is 324 for 2. In fact, they are the first team to chase down 300-plus total when they did it against Zimbabwe way back in 1992.
- India – 18:
India is far far ahead of its competitors in this list. The Men in Blue have chased down 300-plus totals a staggering 18 number of times.
Their highest successful chase came against Australia when they chased down 362.