Today we tell you about the 5 highest totals at Cricket World Cup 2015. The mega event held in Australia and New Zealand was one of the highest-scoring tournaments in the history of this sport. Many teams scored 400 or 350 plus totals in the series and even the total above 300 was not regarded as safe. The batsmen were on an all-out attacking spree making full use of the fielding restrictions thus scoring as many runs as possible. Here are the 5 highest totals at Cricket World Cup 2015.
5. Australia (376 vs Sri Lanka)
The Aussies and Lankans collided with each other in a day-night match of the 2015 ICC cricket world cup in Sydney. Australia decided to bat first and put 376 runs on the scoreboard. Though the hosts lost their opening wickets quickly, Glenn Maxwell then played the match-changing innings of 102 from just 53 balls. In the middle order, healthy contributions were made by Steve Smith who made 72 as well as Michael Clarke with 68 and Shane Watson with 67 runs.
In return, the Sri Lankan batsmen started the chase beautifully. Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan put 130 runs for the 2nd wicket. Sangakkara made 104 runs while Dilshan played the quick innings of 62. The lower middle order couldn’t come to terms with the scoreboard pressure and rising run rate. The whole team thus was all-out for 312 runs in 46 overs. Most of the Aussie bowlers bowled well with James Faulkner taking 3 Lankan wickets. Australia won the match by 64 runs. Among the 5 highest totals at Cricket World Cup 2015.
4. New Zealand (393 v West Indies)
In the last quarter-final match of the 2015 ICC cricket world cup played at Wellington hosts Kiwis met the West Indies for a place in the semis. The New Zealanders were powered to a great score of 393 runs. Martin Guptill, their aggressive opener scored the bulk of runs with 237 from just 163 deliveries. Now other Kiwi batsmen could even reach a score of 50 even though all of them played with great strike rates.
The West Indies were given a flying start by Chris Gayle who made 61 from 33 balls. They kept on batting aggressively in pursuit of the total but were not able to build the innings through big partnerships. As a result, the whole Caribbean team was all-out for 250 runs in just 33 overs. From the Kiwi bowling attack, their strike pacer Trent Boult took 4 wickets as his side won the match by 143 runs. Among the 5 highest totals at Cricket World Cup 2015.
3. South Africa (408 vs West Indies)
The South African batsmen played with a lot of aggression in the 2015 ICC cricket world cup. The Proteas thus became the only side to register more than 400 runs on the scoreboard while batting initially. The first of these came against the West Indies in Sydney when AB de Villiers scored 166 runs from just 66 deliveries. There were also other useful contributions of 65 by Hashim Amla, 62 by Faf du Plessis, and 61 by Rilee Rossouw which powered the Proteas to a great total.
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The West Indian batsmen aimed to launch a counterattack right from the start of their innings. The move however backfired as they kept on losing wickets regularly right from the beginning. The Caribbean innings closed on a score of 151 runs in just 33 overs. Imran Tahir bowled wonderfully taking 5 West Indian wickets as South Africa won the match by 257 runs. Among the 5 highest totals at Cricket World Cup 2015.
2. South Africa (411 vs Ireland)
The South African and Irish sides faced each other at Canberra in one of the league matches. The Proteas took to bat first and put a massive score of 411 runs on the board. Their star opener Hashim Amla scored 159 runs along with another important knock of 109 by Faf du Plessis. The two players had a great partnership of 247 runs for the 2nd wicket thus taking their side to a great position. In the closing overs, Rilee Rossouw played hit a quickfire 61 runs from just 30 overs.
The Ireland team were all out on 210 runs in their innings. Andy Balbirnie was the top scorer with a knock of 58. Kyle Abbott and Morne Morkel were the successful bowlers from the South Africa side claiming 4 and 3 wickets respectively. The Proteas were victorious by 201 runs in the match. The AB de Villiers led side were very much determined to go all the way in the 2015 ICC cricket world cup. Among the 5 highest totals at Cricket World Cup 2015.
1. Australia (417 vs Afghanistan)
Afghanistan was one of the qualifying teams in the 2015 ICC cricket world cup. They took on the host team Australia in one of the group matches in Perth, The Aussies chose to bat first and went on a total blitzkrieg. David Warner top-scored in the match with a mighty knock of 178 runs. He was well supported by Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell who made 95 and 88 runs respectively.
In return, the inexperienced Afghan batters were dismissed on a low score of just 142 runs. They lasted for just 37 overs with no batsman able to reach a score of 50 runs. Mitchell Johnson was Australia’s best bowler in the match picking up 4 wickets for 22 runs. He was well supported by Starc and Hazelwood who claimed 2 scalps each. The hosts won the match by a great margin of 275 runs. This was also the biggest winning margin of the whole tournament. Among the 5 highest totals at Cricket World Cup 2015.
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