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The Cricket World Cup is the most thrilling tournament in the sport, where the best teams compete for the ultimate glory. Sometimes, some teams unleash their batting prowess and score huge totals that leave their opponents stunned. In this blog post, we will look at the Top 5 Highest Totals in Cricket World Cup, and see what made them possible.
Top 5 Highest Totals in Cricket World Cup
1. South Africa – 428/5 vs Sri Lanka, 2023
South Africa smashed the highest total in World Cup history, scoring 428-5 against Sri Lanka in Delhi. Three batsmen scored centuries, including Aiden Markram who hit the fastest World Cup hundred in 49 balls. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 326, losing by 102 runs. It was a devastating show of top class batting as Sri Lankan bowlers had no answers to stop them.
2. Australia – 417/6 vs Afghanistan, 2015
Australia were the dominant force in the World Cup history, having won four titles out of five from 1999 to 2015. They showed their batting might when they faced Afghanistan in Perth in 2015. They scored a staggering 417/6 in 50 overs, which is the second highest score by any team in World Cups. The main contributor was David Warner, who scored a brilliant 178 runs off 133 balls, with 19 fours and 5 sixes. He was joined by Steven Smith (95), Glenn Maxwell (88). Afghanistan fought hard, but could only manage 142 runs, giving Australia a colossal win by 275 runs.
3. India – 413/5 vs Bermuda, 2007
India had a disastrous campaign in the 2007 World Cup, but they had one moment of glory when they faced Bermuda in Port of Spain. They scored a mammoth 413/5 in 50 overs, which was then the highest score by any team in World Cups. The star performer was Virender Sehwag, who scored a blistering 114 runs off just 87 balls, with 17 fours and three sixes. He was well supported by Sourav Ganguly (89), Yuvraj Singh (83) and Sachin Tendulkar (57). Bermuda were no match for India’s bowling attack, and were bowled out for 156 runs, giving India a record-breaking win by 257 runs.
4. South Africa – 411/4 vs Ireland, 2015
South Africa continued their run-fest in the 2015 World Cup, when they faced Ireland in Canberra. They scored 411/4 in 50 overs, which was then the highest score by any team in World Cups. The hero of the innings was Hashim Amla, who scored a magnificent 159 runs off 128 balls, with 16 fours and 4 sixes. He shared a record opening stand of 247 runs with Faf du Plessis (109), who also scored his maiden World Cup century. Ireland put up a brave fight, but fell short by 201 runs, as South Africa registered their second consecutive win by more than 200 runs.
5. South Africa – 408/5 vs West Indies, 2015
South Africa had a reputation of being chokers in the World Cup, but they showed no signs of nerves in their match against West Indies in Sydney in 2015. They piled up 408/5 in 50 overs, which was then the third-highest score by any team in World Cups. The main architect of the innings was AB de Villiers, who blasted 162 runs off just 66 balls, with 17 fours and 8 sixes. He was ably assisted by Faf du Plessis (62), Rilee Rossouw (61) and Hashim Amla (65). West Indies were never in contention, and were dismissed for 151 runs, handing South Africa a huge 257-run win.
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