7 Best One Day International Matches in Cricket History

by Sameer Arshad | Posted on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 | 0

50 Over cricket started around 40 years ago in 1975 and it took the game to new levels with more teams competing and much more versatility and some of the greatest cricketing moments in history. Today we take a look at some of the greatest One day matches ever played. Of course there are more than 3500 one day matches played so far and the list of top matches will vary from person to person. So here is my top 5 one day matches in recent history.

#1. South Africa (438) beat Australia (434) In 12 March 2006:

South Africa vs Australia 434 world record match

The five match series was tied at 2-2 going into the fifth and last match of the series between Australia and South Africa Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. Aussies won the toss and elected to bat first with Ricky Ponting playing one of the greatest ODI knock where he scored 164 runs of just 105 which included 9 sixes and 13 fours and lead his team to a record total of 434 in a belter of wicket. Considering the ODI history everyone thought aussies has posted a total which is unchaseable but than came another massive knockout from Herschelle Gibbs who scored 175 runs of just 11 balls which included 21 fours and 7 sixes. South Africa went on to win the match and series after world cup record chase.

Records Made/Broken In This Match:

  1. Highest total in a single ODI match (434 australia broken by South Africa 438)
  2. 872 runs are the highest ever ODI combined total from two teams
  3. Most Sixes in a match
  4. Most runs conceded by a bowler in single ODI match (Mick Lewis 113 runs in 10 overs)

#2. Australia Beat South Africa in 1999 World Cup Semifinal (Match Tied)

Australian posted a very average total (213) at Edgbaston, Birmingham after South Africa had won the toss and put aussies to bat. Proteaz were the favourites heading into the chase but they struggled early in the game but a superb short late cameo from Lance Klusner (31) put them in a driving seat going into the final two overs. 9 runs needed of last over Klusner struck Fleming for two boundaries to put South Africa level with Aussie target. Looked like game was set and south africa were heading into the final as they only needed 1 run in 4 balls with Klusener still on strike but a confusion between the two batsman lead to a silly run out and game ended in a draw.

Aussies reach final on the basis of them finishing better in the earlier rounds and they managed to beat Pakistan in the final and win their 2 world cup title.

#3. Australia Beat West Indies In 1996 Series:

The match was reduced to 43 overs a piece for both teams and West Indies scored a respectable 173 runs which should have been enough with their great bowling attack. Australia struggle in the early stages but Michael Bevens 78 runs innings lead them to a great win where a boundary was needed of the last ball and Beven managed to get one resulting a aussie crowd and players going wild.

#4. Pakistan Beat India in Asia Cup Final 1986 Sharjah:

One name which always come to mind when we talk about late victories, Javed Miandad.

Indian posted a massive 245 runs target for Pakistan in the final of Asia Cup at Sharjah where Sunil Gavaskir made 92 runs. Pakistan middle order played equally well with Miandad scored 116 runs and leading pakistan to 5 runs needed of last ball.

He needed to hit a boundary to tie the game and 6 to win it, Chetan Sharma was bowling the last over and he got under pressure and bowled a full toss which Miandad took full advantage of and hit the last ball of the match for six guading pakistan to a memorable (probably the most memorable win) in recent cricket history.

#5. India (413) Beat Sri Lanka (411) 1st Odi Match of 2009 Series:

India scored a massive 413 runs total after Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field first. Virender Sehwag played one of the most devastating opening innings scoring 146 runs of just 102 balls while every one from the middle order chipped in and Dhoni, Tendulkar scoring 50s.

Sri Lanka started the chase in similar fashion to indian innings with Tilkratne Dilshan scored 160 runs of just 124 balls Sangakara scored quick fire 90 runs of just 46 balls but they just fall shot of the indian total and lost the game by just 2 runs in the end.

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