Cricket enthusiasts worldwide often savour the exhilarating moments and breathtaking displays of talent during tournaments like the ODI World Cup. However, it's not only close encounters and nail-biting finishes that make these tournaments memorable. At times, a team's dominance can result in spectacularly large margins of victory.
In this article, we will closely examine the top five largest winning margins in ODIs. These historic victories not only demonstrate the might of the winning teams but also celebrate diversity and passion.
Following an impressive performance at the Greenfield International Stadium against Sri Lanka in January 2023, India now holds the record for the most substantial win by runs in ODI cricket. Team India makes two more appearances in the top 10 with exceptional performances against Bermuda and Hong Kong. South Africa, too, has three entries in the top 10, while Australia has two.
Here’s the list of the top five highest winning margins in ODIs:
- 317 - IND vs SL, Trivandrum 2023
- 309 - AUS vs NED, Delhi, 2023 (ODI World Cup)
- 304 - ZIM vs USA, Harare, 2023
- 290 - NZ vs IRE, Aberdeen 2008
- 275 - AUS vs AFG, Perth 2015 (ODI World Cup)
Australia’s recent 309-run win vs the Netherlands is the second-highest winning margin in ODIs
In the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023, Australia managed a mammoth 309-run victory over the Netherlands to make it to the second position on the list. Australia dominated the Netherlands with ruthless precision. After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, Australia went on to amass a colossal total of 399/8, propelled by a 93-ball 104 from David Warner and a quick-fire 106 from Glenn Maxwell in just 44 balls. Half-centuries from Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne also played a significant role in this substantial score.
In response, the Dutch team found themselves at a loss as Australia's bowlers dismantled their lineup with clinical efficiency. Adam Zampa shone as the top-performing bowler, taking four wickets. The Netherlands managed to score only 90 runs in their run chase, resulting in a commanding 309-run victory for the Australian side.