In an One Day International match at Amstelveen, England set a new world record by scoring 498/4 against the Netherlands. Let’s have a look at the top five highest team scores in the history of cricket.
1. ENGLAND v NETHERLANDS – 2022
During the first game against the Netherlands in Amstelveen, England set a new world record by scoring 498/4, the highest-ever ODI total. England had previously held the record with a 481-run victory over Australia. In One-Day Internationals, the England team have the top three highest scores. Jos Buttler blazed with a stunning 162 off just 70 balls, while Dawid Malan and Phil Salt both made their first ODI hundreds. After that, Liam Livingstone added some sparks to England’s innings, blasting the joint second-fastest fifty in ODI history off only 17 balls.
2. ENGLAND v AUSTRALIA – 2018
England racked up a magnificent score of 481 for 6, shattering the former record of 444 for 3 set already against Pakistan in 2016. The English side got off to a flying start with to a 159-run partnership between Jason Roy (82) and Jonny Bairstow (139). Australia’s chances of making a comeback were immediately crushed after Roy’s departure. Alex Hales smashed the Australian bowlers with a blazing 147 off 92 balls. With a quick 67 from just 30 balls, Eoin Morgan joined the scene to give the team a late boost. The chase by Australia was merely a formality. The English bowled the opposition out for 239 in 27 overs, demonstrating their superiority with the ball.
3. ENGLAND v PAKISTAN – 2016
In 2016, Pakistan was defeated after Australia scored 444 for 3. The hosts hit 21 sixes and 41 fours to become the first men’s side in ODI history to achieve 450 runs. The England team were thus able to demonstrate to the rest of the world their transition into a full ODI team. Alex Hales hit 22 fours and four sixes in just 122 balls to set an ODI world record of 171 in just 122 balls while batting at Trent Bridge, his home venue. Buttler, who scored 91 runs off just 51 balls, was one of two other batsmen who punished Pakistan even further.
On an individual score of 85, Root was eliminated. By 169 runs, England defeated Pakistan, who could only muster 275 runs at the conclusion of the day.
4. SRI LANKA v NETHERLANDS – 2006
In a match against the Netherlands in Amstelveen in 2006, Sri Lanka set a record for the highest one-day international total. Four days after thrashing England at Headingley, they surpassed South Africa’s previous high of 438 established in Johannesburg in March in the year 2006.
Sanath Jayasuriya took the lead with a turbo-charged 157 off 104 balls, while Tillakaratne Dilshan smashed the bowlers with a similarly insane 117 off 79 balls. The Sri Lankans set the record in the final over, four months after both Australia and South Africa went over 400 in a match at the Wanderers on March 12.
5. SOUTH AFRICA v WEST INDIES – 2015
South Africa racked up a mammoth 439 for two as opening batsman Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw both struck hundreds in a South African record first wicket partnership. The West Indies were never going to chase down a world record total, but they did manage a decent 291 for seven, giving South Africa a 148-run victory and a 2-0 series lead.