Top 5 successful run chases in ODI cricket without losing a wicket

Here we look at the top five successful chases during 10-wicket victories in ODI cricket.

Aaron Finch and David Warner

Aaron Finch and David Warner. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sampath Bandarupalli

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Australia started off their 2020 in the ODI format in a great fashion as they thumped the in-form Indian team in the first game of the 3-match ODI series. Their opening pair of David Warner and Aaron Finch smashed unbeaten centuries to help the Aussies cruise in the Wankhede ODI.

The Australian openers shared a record 258-run partnership as they chased down the target of 256 without losing a wicket. The duo needed only 37.4 overs to complete the chase and go 1-0 up in the series.

Here we look at the top five successful chases during 10-wicket victories in ODI cricket:

5. Sri Lanka vs England in 2011 CWC – Target 230

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga
Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga. (Photo credit: LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP via Getty Images)

Sri Lanka took on England in the quarter-final of the 2011 World Cup at the Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium. Timely wickets by the Sri Lankan bowlers limited the English team to only 229/6. The target was expected to be a bit tricky given the pressure situation of a knockout. However, the Sri Lanka openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga didn’t let England bowlers to take charge.

They added 57 runs in the mandatory powerplay of 10 overs and half of the target was scored by 21st over only. Dilshan was the aggressor among the two as he brought up his fifty in 57 balls and took 50 more balls for his second fifty. He finished unbeaten on 108 off 115 deliveries while Tharanga brought up his hundred by hitting the winning runs in the 40th over.

This was the then highest successful chase in ODI cricket during a 10-wicket victory. Sri Lanka thus broke the record held by West Indies with their 221-run chase against Pakistan during the 1992 World Cup match at the MCG. Though Sri Lanka’s chase is now the 5th highest in the list, it is still the highest successful chase without losing a wicket in the World Cup.

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