Biggest Victory by Runs in ODI World Cup History

Over the years, the Cricket World Cup tournament has witnessed some of the most thrilling and memorable matches. However, there have also been instances where one team has completely overshadowed the other, registering victories by massive margins. Australia recently set a new benchmark in the ODI World Cup. In a match against the Netherlands at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, they registered the biggest victory by runs in ODI World Cup history, defeating their opponents by a staggering 309 runs. This victory surpassed their previous record, where they beat Afghanistan by 275 runs in the 2015 edition.

Let’s find out the top 5 biggest wins (by runs) in Cricket World Cup history

5. Australia Defeated Namibia by 256 runs, World Cup 2002/03

In the 2003 World Cup, Australia faced Namibia in a match that showcased the sheer dominance of the Australian cricket team. The match took place at the North West Cricket Stadium in Potchefstroom on February 27, 2003.

Australia’s Innings: Australia batted first and set a target of 301 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their allotted 50 overs. Here’s a breakdown of the key performances:

Batsman Runs Balls Strike Rate
Adam Gilchrist 13 22 59.09
Matthew Hayden 88 73 120.54
Michael Bevan 17 42 40.47
Andrew Symonds 59 63 93.65
Ricky Ponting 2 9 22.22
Damien Martyn 35 50 70.00
Darren Lehmann 50 31 161.29
Brad Hogg 19 14 135.71

Namibia’s Innings: In response, Namibia was bowled out for a mere 45 runs in 14 overs. Glenn McGrath was the star of the show, taking 7 wickets for just 15 runs.

Batsman Runs Balls Strike Rate
Jan-Berrie Burger 4 4 100.00
Stefan Swanepoel 2 8 25.00
Morne Karg 4 14 28.57
Danie Keulder 3 20 15.00
Gavin Murgatroyd 0 3 0.00
Deon Kotze 10 14 71.42
Louis Burger 1 11 9.09
Melt van Schoor 6 10 60.00
Bjorn Kotze 0 3 0.00
Burton van Rooi 0 1 0.00
Rudi van Vuuren 0 1 0.00

 

Australia won the match by a massive margin of 256 runs. Glenn McGrath was named the Player of the Match for his exceptional bowling performance. This victory showcased Australia’s dominance in the World Cup and their ability to overpower their opponents with both bat and ball.

4.India Defeated Bermuda by 257 runs, World Cup 2006/07

On March 19, 2007, at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad, India faced Bermuda in a group stage match of the World Cup 2006/07. India showcased their batting prowess by setting a mammoth score, and Bermuda struggled to chase it down.

India’s Innings: India batted first and posted a massive score of 413 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 50 overs. Here’s a breakdown of the key performances:

Batsman Runs Balls Strike Rate
Robin Uthappa 3 4 75.00
Sourav Ganguly 89 114 78.07
Virender Sehwag 114 87 131.03
MS Dhoni 29 25 116.00
Yuvraj Singh 83 46 180.43
Sachin Tendulkar 57 29 196.55
Rahul Dravid 7 2 350.00

 

Bermuda’s Innings: In response, Bermuda managed to score only 156 runs in 43.1 overs. David Hemp was the standout performer for Bermuda with a well-made 76 runs.

Batsman Runs Balls Strike Rate
Oliver Pitcher 0 6 0.00
Steven Outerbridge 9 16 56.25
Delyone Borden 13 38 34.21
David Hemp 76 105 72.38
Irving Romaine 0 10 0.00
Janeiro Tucker 0 6 0.00
Dean Minors 21 36 58.33
Lionel Cann 0 2 0.00
Kevin Hurdle 0 4 0.00
Dwayne Leverock 9 31 29.03
Malachi Jones 1 8 12.50

 

India emerged victorious by a huge margin of 257 runs. Virender Sehwag, who scored a blistering 114 off 87 balls, was named the Player of the Match. This match highlighted India’s dominant performance in the tournament and their ability to overpower their opponents with ease.

3. South Africa Defeated West Indies by 257 runs, World Cup 2014/15 

On February 27, 2015, at the Sydney Cricket Ground, South Africa faced West Indies in a group stage match of the Cricket World Cup 2014/15. South Africa displayed a dominant performance with the bat, and West Indies couldn’t match up to the challenge.

South Africa’s Innings: South Africa batted first and posted a colossal score of 408 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 50 overs. Here’s a breakdown of the key performances:

Batsman Runs Balls Strike Rate
Quinton de Kock 12 19 63.15
Hashim Amla 65 88 73.86
Faf du Plessis 62 70 88.57
Rilee Rossouw 61 39 156.41
AB de Villiers 162 66 245.45
David Miller 20 16 125.00
Farhaan Behardien 10 5 200.00

 

West Indies’ Innings: In their chase, West Indies managed to score only 151 runs in 33.1 overs. Jason Holder was the top scorer for West Indies with a valiant 56 runs.

Batsman Runs Balls Strike Rate
Dwayne Smith 31 34 91.17
Chris Gayle 3 4 75.00
Marlon Samuels 0 9 0.00
Jonathan Carter 10 20 50.00
Denesh Ramdin 22 47 46.80
Lendl Simmons 0 2 0.00
Daren Sammy 5 11 45.45
Andre Russell 0 3 0.00
Jason Holder 56 48 116.66
Jerome Taylor 15 18 83.33
Sulieman Benn 1 3 33.33

 

South Africa emerged victorious by a massive margin of 257 runs. AB de Villiers, who scored an explosive 162 off 66 balls, was named the Player of the Match. This match showcased South Africa’s dominant performance in the tournament and their capability to outclass their opponents with ease.

2. Australia Defeated Afghanistan by 275 runs, World Cup 2014/15 

On March 04, 2015, at the Western Australia Cricket Association Ground in Perth, Australia faced Afghanistan in a group stage match of the Cricket World Cup 2014/15. Australia showcased their batting strength, and Afghanistan couldn’t match the high score.

Australia’s Innings: Australia batted first and set a huge score of 417 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 50 overs. Here’s a breakdown of the key performances:

Batsman Runs Balls Strike Rate
David Warner 178 133 133.83
Aaron Finch 4 9 44.44
Steven Smith 95 98 96.93
Glenn Maxwell 88 39 225.64
James Faulkner 7 6 116.66
Mitchell Marsh 8 9 88.88
Brad Haddin 20 9 222.22

 

Afghanistan’s Innings: In reply, Afghanistan managed to score only 142 runs in 37.3 overs. Nawroz Mangal was the top scorer with 33 runs.

Batsman Runs Balls Strike Rate
Javed Ahmadi 13 24 54.16
Usman Ghani 12 19 63.15
Nawroz Mangal 33 35 94.28
Asghar Afghan 4 10 40.00
Samiullah Shinwari 17 31 54.83
Mohammad Nabi 2 10 20.00
Najibullah Zadran 24 31 77.41
Afsar Zazai 10 40 25.00
Dawlat Zadran 0 4 0.00
Hamid Hassan 7 18 38.88
Shapoor Zadran 0 4 0.00

 

Australia won the match by a big margin of 275 runs. David Warner, who hit 178 runs in 133 balls, was the best player of the match. This game showed Australia’s strong performance and their ability to set big scores.

1. Australia Defeated Netherlands by 309 runs, World Cup 2023/24

On October 25, 2023, at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, Australia played against Netherlands in a group stage match of the Cricket World Cup 2023/24. Australia set a big score, and Netherlands couldn’t come close.

Australia’s Innings: Australia batted first and made a total of 399 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 50 overs. Here’s a breakdown of the main performances:

Glenn Maxwell smashes the fastest ODI World Cup century

Batsman Runs Balls Strike Rate
Mitchell Marsh 9 15 60.00
David Warner 104 93 111.82
Steven Smith 71 68 104.41
Marnus Labuschagne 62 47 131.91
Josh Inglis 14 12 116.66
Glenn Maxwell 106 44 240.90
Cameron Green 8 11 72.72
Pat Cummins 12 9 133.33

 

Netherlands’ Innings: Netherlands could only score 90 runs in 21 overs. Here’s a breakdown of their batting:

Batsman Runs Balls Strike Rate
Vikramjit Singh 25 25 100.00
Max O’Dowd 6 9 66.66
Colin Ackermann 10 11 90.90
Sybrand Engelbrecht 11 21 52.38
Bas de Leede 4 7 57.14
Scott Edwards 12 22 54.54
Teja Nidamanuru 14 18 77.77
Logan van Beek 0 3 0.00
Roelof van der Merwe 0 1 0.00
Aryan Dutt 1 8 12.50
Paul van Meekeren 0 1 0.00

 

Australia won the match by a big difference of 309 runs. Glenn Maxwell, who made 106 runs in just 44 balls, was the best player of the match. This game showed Australia’s strong play and how they can set big scores.

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Summing Up on Biggest Victory by Runs in ODI World Cup

Throughout its past, the Cricket World Cup has been a place for teams to show off their best games and try to make history. Fans are on the edge of their seats during close games, but huge wins show that a team is dominant and better than its opponents. These record-breaking wins, especially by a lot of runs, show how good a team is at hitting and how well it can protect big scores. Australia’s latest win over the Netherlands by an amazing 309 runs shows how good they are at cricket and how successful they have been in World Cups. But as the game changes, we might see even bigger margins in the future. For now, though, these wins are huge in the pages of World Cup history.

FAQ’s on Biggest Victory by Runs in ODI World Cup

Largest Margins of Victory by runs in ODI World Cup History?

  1. Australia Defeated Netherlands by 309 runs, World Cup 2023/24 
  2. Australia Defeated Afghanistan by 275 runs, World Cup 2014/15 
  3. South Africa Defeated West Indies by 257 runs, World Cup 2014/15 
  4. India Defeated Bermuda by 257 runs, World Cup 2006/07
  5. Australia Defeated Namibia by 256 runs, World Cup 2002/03

Who is highest run in World Cup 2023?

Rank Player Name Country Runs
1 Quinton de Kock South Africa 407
2 Virat Kohli India 354
3 Rohit Sharma India 311
4 Mohammad Rizwan Pakistan 302
5 Rachin Ravindra New Zealand 290
6 Heinrich Klaasen South Africa 288

(As of 26th October 2023)

What is the highest runs in ODI victory?

The highest runs in an ODI victory is by India with a margin of 317 runs against Sri Lanka. The match took place in Thiruvananthapuram on 15th January 2023. India set a target of 391 runs and managed to bowl out Sri Lanka, securing a victory by a margin of 317 runs. This record-breaking performance by India stands as the largest margin of victory (by runs) in ODI cricket history.

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