Most 300-Plus Scores by a Team in ODI Cricket
In this article, we find out which team has made the most 300-plus scores in ODI cricket as of 6 December 2020. As it happens, India have edged out Australia by a slim margin to emerge as the team with the most 300-plus scores in ODI cricket. South Africa are a distant 3rd, followed by the likes of England and Pakistan.
Teams with Most 300 Plus Totals in ODI Cricket
1. India – 114
India, who played their first ODI on 13 July 1974, have appeared in 990 ODIs, the most among all teams, and registered 300-plus scores on 114 occasions. Their first 300-plus score was made against Pakistan in Sharjah on 15 April 1996 in a match they won by 28 runs after batting first and scoring 305/5. India’s highest score of 414/7 on 15 December 2009 against Sri Lanka resulted in a thrilling 3-run victory after Sri Lanka were restricted to 411/8.
2. Australia – 111
Australia, who have scored 111 300-plus scores in 955 matches since their first ODI on 5 January 1971, registered their first such score against Sri Lanka at the Oval on 11 June 1975. Batting first, Australia scored 328/5 before restricting Sri Lanka to 276/4. They recorded their highest score of 434/4 batting first against South Africa in Johannesburg on 12 March 2006. Incredibly, the score wasn’t large enough as South Africa managed to chase it down with a wicket and a ball to spare.
3. South Africa – 82
South Africa, who began playing ODIs on 10 November 1991, have registered 300-plus scores in 82 out of 625 matches played by them. They got their first such score against New Zealand in Centurion on 11 December 1994. South Africa batted first and scored 314/7 before bowling out New Zealand for 233. They recorded their highest score of 438/9 against Australia in Johannesburg on 12 March 2006 when they were set 436 to win by Australia who batted first. They repeated the feat against India in Mumbai on 25 October 2015 when they batted first and scored 438/4 before bowling out India for 224.
4. England – 79
With 752 ODIs played since their first match on 5 January 1971, England have scored 300-plus runs on 79 occasions. They accomplished the feat for the first time against England at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 7 June 1975. Batting first, they scored 334/4 before restricting India to 132/3. England made their highest ever score against Australia in Nottingham on 19 June 2018. Batting first, England scored 481/6 (a world record). In reply, Australia were bowled out for 239.
5. Pakistan – 78
Pakistan, who played their first ODI on 11 February 1973, have featured in 930 matches overall, with 78 300-plus scores. They achieved the milestone for the first time against Sri Lanka in Nottingham on 14 June 1975. Batting first, Pakistan posted a score of 330/6 before they bowled out Sri Lanka for 138. They registered their highest score of 399/1 batting first against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on 20 July 2018. In reply, Zimbabwe managed to score only 155.
6. Sri Lanka – 72
Since their first game on 7 June 1975, Sri Lanka have played 852 ODIs, in which they have managed to score 300 or more on 73 occasions. They achieved their first 300-plus score against Zimbabwe in New Plymouth on 1992. Batting first, Zimbabwe scored 312/4. Sri Lanka managed to chase the target down by scoring 313/7. Sri Lanka achieved their highest ODI score against the Netherlands in Amstelveen on 4 July 2006. Batting first, Sri Lanka made 443/9 in their allotted overs. In reply, the Netherlands were bowled out for 248.
7. New Zealand – 61
New Zealand, who played their first ODI on 11 February 1973, have since featured in 772 matches. They achieved their first 300-plus score on 7 June 1975 against East Africa in Birmingham. Batting first, New Zealand scored 309/5. In reply, East Africa were restricted to 128/8. New Zealand scored their highest ODI total against England at the Oval on 12 June 2015. Batting first in that game, they scored 398/5 before restricting England to 365/9.
8. West Indies – 48
West Indies have played in 822 ODIs since their first match on 5 September 1973. They reached their first 300-plus score on 22 February 1978 against Australia in St John’s. In that match, they batted first and posted 313/9 before restricting Australia to 181/7. West Indies achieved their highest ODI score against England in St George’s on 27 February 2019. In that match, England batted first and scored 418/6. In a valiant effort to achieve the target, West Indies were unable to score more than 389 before they were bowled out.
9. Zimbabwe – 28
Since their first ODI on 9 June 1983, Zimbabwe have featured in 532 matches. They achieved their first 300-plus total against Sri Lanka in New Plymouth on 23 February 1992. Batting first, Zimbabwe made 312/4. Unfortunately for Zimbabwe, their score came in a lost cause as Sri Lanka chased down the target to score 313/7. Zimbabwe registered their highest ODI score against Kenya in Mombasa on 29 January 2009. Batting first, they scored 351/7 before bowling out Kenya for 200.
10. Bangladesh – 19
With 376 ODIs played since their debut game on 31 March 1986, Bangladesh achieved their first 300-plus total against Kenya in Bogra on 17 March 2006. Batting first in the game, they scored 301/7. In reply, Kenya were bowled out for 170. Bangladesh registered their highest ODI total against Australia in Nottingham on 20 June 2019. Batting first, Australia posted 381/5. In reply, Bangladesh were restricted to 333/8.
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