Ever since the first One Day International (ODI) was played between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1971, thousands of ODI matches have been played between the 10 Test-playing nations with permanent ODI status. While some matches have been ordinary, there are many that have really been extraordinary – both for spectators and players alike. Here for your liking we have listed top 10 greatest Cricket ODI matches ever played.
10. India Vs Pakistan, Sharjah, (April 18, 1986):Taking the two countries on-field and off-field rivalry to hot and humid temperature in UAE, India and Pakistan battled it out for the Austral-Asia Cup at Sharjah. It was a great all round performance by India. The team, by their standards, played a hard knock and fielded and bowled well. But it was the heroic performance of Pakistani great Javed Miandad who scored 116 out of 248 in Pak’s innings to lead his team to a mesmerizing victory.
9. England Vs India, Bangalore, (Feb 27, 2011):If stats are taken at face value then some of the finest innings played by the great Sachin Tendulkar were in the matches that India lost. Case in point is the World Cup game between England and India in Bangalore on Feb 27, 2011. Batting first, India posted a total of 338 runs on the board, courtesy a 120 run knock by the Little Master. But led by skipper Andrew Strauss, who scored 158 runs off 145 balls, and Ian Bell’s almost run-a-ball 69, England replied with all guns blazing. The match ended in a draw.
8. India Vs Australia, Hyderabad, (Nov 5, 2009):Australia were the reigning ODI champions but the strength of the Indian squad was redoubtable. The visitors came with all guns blazing in the first innings and scored a mammoth total of 350/4 in 50 overs – thanks to Shaun Marsh and Shane Watson’s opening stand of 145 runs. It would have been, however, little master Sachin Tendulkar’s day, who scored 175 off just 141 balls, had the other Indian batsmen supported him. India fell just 3 runs short of the Australian total. The spectators enjoyed every bit of some of the best performances of Australian and Indian cricketers.
7. Australia Vs West Indies, Sydney, (Jan 1, 1996):Australia played West Indies in a low-scoring match that tested the nerves of the batsmen of both teams. The match schedule was affected by rains. It was reduced to 43 overs for each side. West Indies, with a well constructed knock of 93 from Carl Hooper, managed to score a fighting total of 172. Australia made a mockery of their chase until the greatest finisher of the game, Michael Bevan, took to the crease. He made 78 in an inspiring display of grit leading his team to a last ball victory.
6. West Indies Vs Australia, Lord’s, (June 21, 1975):The Cricket World Cup always brings out the best in each team. Such was also the case in the first edition of the world cup -a officially called the Prudential Cup. The mighty West Indies batted first and posted a mammoth total of 291 on the board, thanks to Clive Lloyd’s 102 run knock. The resilient Australian’s weren’t to be deterred by the score; however, their batting heroics could not stand the amazing bowling produced by Keith Boyce and other West Indian bowlers. West Indies became the first team to win the Cricket World Cup beating Australia by 17 runs.
5. India Vs Sri Lanka, Rajkot, (Dec 15, 2009):
A match can be dubbed a thriller, and can qualify as one of the best of all times, if it goes down to the wire. If the difference between victory and defeat is only of 3 runs, in a match where both teams have together scored over 800 runs, it sure deserves a mention. The India vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI at Rajkot in 2009 was one such encounter. Batting first, India scored 414, courtesy Virender Sehwag’s 146 run knock. The Sri Lankan batsmen did not lose their nerve and produced such a stunning display of cricketing skills that India seemed to be staring at the jaws of defeat. Fate had other ideas, however, and the visitors were bowled out at 411.