10 Largest Margins of ODI Victory
One Day International matches can be pretty close, as the teams fight with each other and give each other tough competition. The goal of each team is to score as many runs as possible, to give the opponent a big number to chase, and later stop them from scoring and send back the batsmen as soon as possible. It can be seen in the other way round as well, as the team that fields first makes sure that the opponent team doesn’t get to score high so that in the latter half of the match, they can sail through easily.
But, it’s not always so easy. Both teams come prepared. The closer the match is, the smaller is the margin of victory. However, in some matches, one team absolutely takes over the other. They leave large scores to chase, or end up sending the opponents home too early and too small a score. Let us take a look at the 10 Largest Margins of ODI Victory.
10 Largest Margins of ODI Victory
10. Sri Lanka
The 4th match of Group B in the 2007 ICC World Cup was played between Bermuda and Sri Lanka at the Queen’s Park Oval Ground, Port of Spain, on 15th March 2007. Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first and they made a score of 321 runs with 6 wickets lost in 50 overs. Mahela Jayawardene played a fabulous innings while scoring 85 runs with 6 boundaries and 2 over-boundaries in 90 balls. Bermuda, while chasing the target of 322 in the second innings, lost all their 10 wickets in just 78 runs within 24.4 overs. Sri Lankan bowler Farveez Maharoof bowl amazingly well and took 4 wickets in his 7 over spell out of which 1 over was maiden, while he yielded just 23 runs with an economy rate of 3.28. Sri Lanka gained victory against Bermuda by 243 runs and Mahela Jayawardene was declared player of the match for his amazing batting performance.
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9. Sri Lanka
The final match of the 2000 Coca-Cola Champions Trophy was played between India and Sri Lanka at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium on 29th October 2000. Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat first and they made a score of 299 runs, losing 5 wickets in 50 overs. Sanath Jayasuriya played a leading innings while scoring 189 runs with 21 boundaries and 4 over-boundaries in 161 balls. India, while chasing the target of 300 in the second innings, lost all their 10 wickets in just 54 runs within 26.3 overs. Sri Lankan bowler Chaminda Vaas bowl perfectly well and took 5 wickets in his 9.3 over spell out of which 1 over was maiden, while he conceded just 14 runs with an economy rate of 1.47. Sri Lanka achieved victory against India by 245 runs and Sanath Jayasuriya was declared player of the match for his fabulous batting performance.
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The 4th ODI match of Group M in the 2008 Asia Cup was played between Hong Kong and India at the National Stadium, Karachi, on 25th June 2008. India won the toss and opted to bat first and they made a score of 374 runs with 4 wickets in 50 overs. Suresh Raina played a superior innings while scoring 101 runs with 7 boundaries and 5 over-boundaries in just 68 balls, and MS Dhoni also played extremely well while scoring 109 runs in just 96 balls. Hong Kong, while chasing the target of 375 in the second innings, lost all their 10 wickets in just 118 runs within 36.5 overs. Indian bowler Piyush Chawla took 4 wickets while giving just 23 runs in his 10 over spell. India emerged victorious against Hong Kong by 256 runs and Suresh Raina was declared player of the match for his wonderful batting innings.
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