England cricket team etched their name in the record books after they demolished Pakistan bowling line up in 3rd ODI of the 5-match series at Trent Bridge to score a mammoth 444/3 in 50 overs. This is the highest team total in the limited overs format. Riding on Alex Hales record 171 runs, the hosts were up for a huge total right from the beginning. The partnerships between Alex Hales and Joe Root as well as the unbeaten stand between Eoin Morgan and Jos Butler were enough to create a mess in the Pakistan camp. Individuals fifties from Butler, Morgan and Root with the willow guided the Englishmen to this historic total. Butler smashed the last delivery of the innings from Hasan Raza for a boundary over extra cover region. Though, England got their names scripted in the record books, we here check out the top three totals they went past through.
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Sri Lanka’s 443/9 vs Netherlands
Sri Lanka were playing a 2-match ODI series against the minnows Netherlands at Amstelveen. After winning the toss, skipper Mahela Jayawardene opted to bat first. His decision was well executed by the batsmen as veteran batter Sanath Jayasuriya and Dilshan struck individual hundreds. The knocks from the willow holders were clinical in setting up a total of 443/9 for Sri Lanka. They later won the match by 195 runs.
South Africa’ 439/2 vs West Indies
The encounter between the two cricketing giants at Johannesburg was something that the cricket lovers strive for. West Indies won the toss and put the home team in to bat first. Starting the innings, Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw were clinical in approach as the two got to a flamboyant start to put up a stand of 247 runs for the first wicket. Amla scored 153 and remained unbeaten. But the story wasn’t over yet. Rather, the real chapter was about to get open up. AB de Villiers entered the crease and the show was taken over by the swashbuckling striker of the ball. He scored 50 off 16 balls, 100 off 31 and eventually remained unbeaten 149 off 44 balls. South Africa scored 439/2 in their 50 overs and won the clash by 148 runs.
South Africa’s 438/9 vs Australia
During the year 2006, the teams weren’t habitual of witnessing a huge totals such as 400+. While chasing a mammoth 435 runs against arch rivals Australia, South Africa’s ferocious batting display was something to watch out for at Johannesburg. Greame Smith and Herschelle Gibbs put up a 189-run stand for the second wicket before the skipper Smith was undone by Michael Clarke. Gibbs though, was in no mood to give it away as the right-handder went onto score career best 175 runs. A fifty from Mark Boucher and a well executed 35 from Johan van der Wath saw South Africa go over the line to register an emphatic 1-wicket win and clinch the 5-match ODI series 3-2.