Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Highest ODI Chases

The team batting first usually believes that it has done its job, before the chasing team shows, that being second-best can acquire a altogether new meaning.

AUSTED: Riding on Ricky Ponting\'s 164, the Australians finished with a mammoth total of 434/4. Herschelle Gibbs struck 175 off 111 to put South Africa on track; Mark Boucher\'s half-century then saw the Proteas going past the finish line with one ball remaining. Date: March 12, 2006. Venue: Johannesburg. South Africa: 438/9.

ROHIT MAN, DHAWANTED, VIRATTACK : Chasing Australia\'s total of 359/5 was no trouble for India, as Rohit Sharma (141*), Shikhar Dhawan (95) and Virat Kohli (100*) blazed away. India won with 39 balls remaining. Date: October 16, 2013. Venue: Jaipur. India: 362/1.

McMILLAN and McCULLUM: Matthew Hayden struck 181 as the Australians made 346/5. Craig McMillan (117) and Brendon McCullum (86*) weren\'t too bothered as New Zealand chased down the target, with three deliveries remaining. Date: February 20, 2007. Venue: Hamilton. New Zealand: 350/9.

FLYING PAST THE KANGAROOS: Michael Hussey\'s 105 took Australia to 336/4. Mr.Ross Taylor struck 117 to lead New Zealand\'s reply, before Peter Fulton (76*) and Craig McMillan (52) took charge. Brendon McCullum (22*) struck the winning runs with 8 balls remaining. Date: February 18, 2007. Venue: Auckland. New Zealand: 340/5.

MICHAEL LEARNS TO ROCK: Jonathan Trott\'s 137 powered England to 333/6. Michael Clarke\'s 70-ball 82 saw the Aussies register a successful chase, with four balls remaining. Date: February 2, 2011. Venue: Sydney. Australia: 334/8.

HOLY SCOTT: Michael Hussey top-scored with 88, as the Australians finished with 331/7. New Zealand\'s chase revolved around Scott Styris (101), but he perished in over No.42, with still some distance to go. Brendon McCullum (50*) and Daniel Vettori (23*) saw the team through. Date: December 10, 2005. Venue: Christchurch. New Zealand: 332/8.

CHASE CAKE: Graeme Smith top-scored with 84, as South Africa put up a total of 326/3. In reply, Adam Gilchrist\'s 34-ball 52, and solid efforts Ricky from Ponting (92) and Darren Lehmann (91) saw Australia winning with 5 balls remaining. Date: April 6, 2002. Venue: Port Elizabeth. Australia: 330/7.

HAPPY KOHLI: Centuries from Nasir Jamshed (112) and Mohammed Hafeez (105) saw Pakistan finishing with a total of 329/6. Virat Kohli\'s 148-ball 183 ensured that India would end up with winning smiles. Date: March 18, 2012. Venue: Mirpur. India: 330/4.

WHEN THE UNDERDOGS BITE: Jonathan Trott top-scored with 92, as England made 327/8. The minnows Ireland, however, sprung a surprise winning the game with 5 balls remaining. Kevin O\'Brien played the innings of his life, making 113 from 63 balls. Date: March 2, 2011. Venue: Bangalore. Ireland: 329/7.

ONE FOR WALLER: Ross Taylor (119) and Kane Williamson (100) powered New Zealand to 328/5. Malcolm Waller\'s 74-ball 99 saw Zimbabwe chasing down the target with one ball remaining. Date: October 25, 2011. Venue: Bulawayo. Zimbabwe: 329/9.

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