Gone are those days when 300 runs on the scoreboard was a dreaded scene for the chasing side. Scoring runs at a quick pace was a luxury that very few players afforded in early days.
However, with the passage of time, the players became fearless and rarely shy away from playing the aggressive game. The advent of T20s have only enhanced their skillsets. What has further aided the players is the several new rules and restrictions. Fielding restrictions or powerplays, use of two new-balls in an ODI innings, free-hits, smaller grounds, bigger bats have allowed the batsmen to score freely.
Not surprisingly, teams nowadays are constantly chasing down totals in excess of 300.
So through this article, we take a look at the teams which have chased down 300-plus total the most number of times:
- Pakistan and South Africa – 7:
The fifth spot in this list is jointly held by Pakistan and South Africa. Both the teams have chased down 300-plus total on seven occasions. The African nation is the record-holders for the highest successful run-chase in ODI cricket, an unbelievable 438 for 9 against Australia in Johannesburg. On the other hand, Pakistan’s highest successful 300-plus total is 329.
England are fast becoming one of the most feared units in the game. Their disastrous outing in the 2015 World Cup has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for them. Since the World Cup, their fortunes in ODIs have improved remarkably under the inspirational leadership of Eoin Morgan.
Coming to the 300-plus chases, England have done it on 8 occasions. Their highest successful chase is 350.
- Australia – 9:
The team from Down Under is third in the list, having chased down 300-plus totals on 9 occasions. The winners of five World Cups, Australia’s highest successful chase is 334 for eight against England.
- Sri Lanka – 10:
The first team to chase down a 300-plus total, Sri Lanka are second in the list. They are one of the only two teams to have crossed the double-digit mark in this list, having chased down 300-plus total on 10 occasions.
- India – 18:
With a staggering 18 successful 300-plus total chase to their name, India are on top of this list. The Men in Blue’s highest successful chase came against Australia when they chased down 362.