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Highest Team Totals In ODI World Cup Finals

In this article, we take a look at the highest team totals in odi world cup finals. During the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 Final, Australia recorded 359/2 in 50 overs against India, the highest team score in the ODI World Cup final.

Sandipan Ghosh
Last updated: 19.11.2023
Highest Team Totals In ODI World Cup Finals

Every team dreams to play the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Final and lift the trophy by winning it. To fulfill this dream, the team has to perform strongly in the entire ODI World Cup and produce a solid performance in the Final. 

Here, we are going through the highest totals in the ODI World Cup Final.


India – 277/4 vs Sri Lanka in 2011


India hold the record for the highest run chase in the ODI World Cup Final when they successfully chased the 275-run target against Sri Lanka at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Final. Although the Indian openers Virender Sehwag (0) and Sachin Tendulkar (18) were dismissed early, Gautam Gambhir (97) and Virat Kohli (35) strongly handled the next phase, and skipper MS Dhoni (91*) finished the game comfortably with Yuvraj Singh (21*). India scored 277/4 in 48.2 overs as the hosts won by six wickets.


Australia – 281/4 vs Sri Lanka in 2007


Although the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 Final between Australia and Sri Lanka were initially shortened to 38-over per side game, Australia scored 281/4 in 38 overs, majorly thanks to the opener Adam Gilchrist’s 149 runs in 104 balls (13 fours and eight sixes). Another opener Matthew Hayden scored 38 runs, while the skipper Ricky Ponting (37) and Andrew Symonds (23*) had some crucial knocks.   

In reply, Sri Lanka scored 215/8 in 36 overs as Australia won the Final by 53 runs in the D/L method.


West Indies – 286/9 vs England in 1979


During the ICC Cricket World Cup 1979 Final, West Indies scored 286/9 (60 overs) against England in the first batting. Although the defending champion Caribbean side was struggling at 99/4, Sir Viv Richards’ unbeaten century (138 not out in 157 balls; 11 fours and three sixes) and Collis King’s powerful 86 in 66 balls helped West Indies to score a big total. England were all out for 194 runs as West Indies won by 92 runs.


West Indies – 291/8 vs Australia in 1975


West Indies won the inaugural ICC Cricket World Cup Final in 1975 after beating Australia by 17 runs. In the first batting, West Indies captain Clive Lloyd scored 102 runs in 85 balls, while Rohan Kanhai scored 55 runs. Also, Keith Boyce (34) and Bernard Julien (26*) had some key contributions at the end as West Indies scored 291/8 in 60 overs.

In reply, Australia were all out for 274 runs in 58.4 overs, where five dismissals were run out.  


Australia – 359/2 in India in 2003


During the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 Final, Australia recorded 359/2 in 50 overs against India. After the Aussie openers Adam Gilchrist (57) and Matthew Hayden (37) provided a powerful setup, skipper Ricky Ponting smashed 140 not out in 121 balls (four fours and eight sixes) and Damien Martyn scored 88 not out off 84 balls. In reply, India were all out for 234 runs in 39.2 overs as Australia won by 125 runs. 


Highest totals in the Final of the ODI World Cups


Team

Total (Overs)

Opposition

Venue

Date

Australia

359/2 (50)

India

Johannesburg

March 23, 2003

West Indies

291/8 (60)

Australia

Lord’s

June 21, 1975

West Indies

286/9 (60)

England

Lord’s

June 23, 1979

Australia

281/4 (38)

Sri Lanka

Bridgetown

April 28, 2007

India

277/4 (48.2)

Sri Lanka

Wankhede

April 2, 2011


(Updated as of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019)


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