There is nothing better than watching a team chase down a big total in a one day international of 50 overs. Believe me, T20 has its own charm but a 50 over run chase is a completely different ball game altogether. You need to save wickets but keep the required run rate in check as well. Things can change quickly if a few wickets fall and the batsmen have to really apply themselves to successfully manage the pressure of chasing down a big total. Over the years there have been some thrilling run chases in ODI history and teams have gotten better and better at chasing down huge totals. Let’s take a look at 6 of such run chases in which teams have chased down seemingly impossible totals.
6. 332/8, New Zealand Vs Australia:
New Zealand pulled off a miraculous chase in 2005’s final match of the tri series in Christchurch. New Zealand had lost the first two matches and had to save face by winning the last match. Australia scored 331/7 after being 2 down for just 7 in the beginning. Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Brad Hodge and Mike Hussey made 50’s. New Zealand had a bad start but when Brandon McCullum and Jacob Oram came together they gave the innings a much need impetus. Scott Styris hit a century and New Zealand chased the target down by scoring 20 runs of the second last over and had one over to spare. This was the highest run chase by any team at that time.
5. 334/8, Australia Vs England:
In the 6th ODI in Sydney in 2011, Australia chased down 334 set by England to take a 5-1 lead in the 7 match series. This was an epic chase and the highest ever by Australia who’ll you notice has been on the receiving end of these big chases most of the time. Jonathon Trott scored a century in the first innings. Michael Clarke’s 82 and Shane Watson’s 51 helped Australia get over the fence with 4 balls to spare.
4. 340/5, New Zealand Vs Australia:
New Zealand have foiled Australia’s plans many times and this case happened in 2007 during the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy. These two neighbors were again at it when Michael Hussey made a century to take Australia to 336 but Taylor and Fulton had other plans as they helped New Zealand chase down the total with 8 balls to spare. Taylor made 117 while Peter Fulton scored 76 not out. Craig McMillan scored 52 as well.
3. 350/9, New Zealand Vs Australia:
Sometimes flukes happen in cricket but New Zealand proved that their 340 run chase wasn’t a fluke just 2 days later in the same series when they chased down 346 set by Australia and made 350/9. Matthew Hayden scored 181 in the first innings and then watched as Craig McMillan hit 117 and Brandan McCullum scored a quick fire 86 not out to get to the target with 3 deliveries remaining. No need to say that Australia returned home bitter after this series.
2. 362/1, India Vs Australia:
The second highest run chase in history took place recently on October 16, 2013 when India chased down Australia’s total of 359 in with more than 6 overs remaining. India lost just one wicket, that of Shikher Dhawan who made 95. Rohit Sharma made 141 not out and Virat Kohli made the seventh fastest hundred in ODI history in 52 balls. It is the fastest century by an Indian and the fastest century by any batsman against Australia. Towards the end Australians looked dejected as they wondered why no total they set is ever enough!
1. 438/9, South Africa Vs Australia:
Poor Australia thought that 434 would be a big enough target to guarantee victory but Herschelle Gibbs had other ideas. In 2006 in Johannesburg on a small ground and shinning wicket, Ricky Ponting scored 164 and helped Australia score the mammoth total of 434. Then came Gibbs who scored 175 off 142 balls. Mark Boucher finished off the innings with a half century and set the record for the highest successful run chase of all time. Australia has never felt confident defending high totals ever since.