Fielding restrictions, use of two new balls, free-hits, smaller grounds, bigger bats – there are several factors which have slightly tilted the game in the batsmen’s favour. Not surprisingly, the teams are scoring heavily nowadays.
Gone are those days when chasing a score of 300 was next to impossible while anything more than 270 was considered a safe first-innings total. With the passage of times, the scores which were deemed to be safe in the past are not even considered a par total nowadays.
Besides, the teams are constantly chasing down 300-plus totals with ease.
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 have held the fifth spot. Both the teams have chased down 300-plus total on seven occasions. The African nation is 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:
Currently the number one ODI side in the world, England are fast becoming one of the most feared units in the game. Their disastrous outing in the 2015 World Cup has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for them. Since the World Cup, their fortunes in ODIs have improved remarkably under the inspirational leadership of Eoin Morgan. So far, they have chased down 300-plus totals on eight occasions.
Their highest successful chase is 350.
- Australia – 9:
Australia, as a team, is a pale shadow of their former self in recent times. But it does not hide their glorious past. The most decorated unit in the history of ODIs, Australia have chased down 300-plus totals on nine occasions. Their highest successful chase is 334 for eight against England.
- Sri Lanka – 10:
The first team to chase down a 300-plus total, Sri Lanka is second in the list. The Islanders have chased down 300-plus total on ten occasions.
- India – 18:
Heads and shoulders above the rest, India are on top of this list, having successfully chased down 300-plus totals on 18 occasions. However, their highest successful chase is 362 against Australia.