ODI cricket has evolved massively over the years. In the 90s, a score of over 250 was considered a huge one and most teams would fail to chase that down. Then, in the next few years, 300 became the par score. But even that was breached. Now, even a score of 400 is not safe given the impact of T20 cricket and the big bats.
In 2006, South Africa and Australia met in an ODI in Johannesburg. Australia went on to score 434 batting first. At the halfway stage, it was looked at as an unreal target. No one would have given South Africa a chance to chase that down. But 175 from Herschelle Gibbs made them believe and the Proteas indeed chased that down with a ball to spare.
It was the first time a score of over 400 was made. Australia’s world record score of 434 lasted for just a few hours as South Africa reached the top with 438. That was the game that broke the 400-run barrier. Since then, totals of 400 or more have been achieved 16 times.
Team England took ODI batting to a new level in 2018. Against Australia in Nottingham, they scored a mammoth 481/6 batting first. In reality, they were on course to become the first team to cross the 500-run barrier. But some good death bowling in the last 5 overs by Australia kept them below 500. But that game has certainly shown that the modern day batsmen would cross 500 some day.
|Highest Team Totals In ODIs|
|1||481/6 (50 overs)||England||Australia||Nottingham||2018|
|2||444/3 (50 overs)||England||Pakistan||Nottingham||2016|
|3||443/9 (50 overs)||Sri Lanka||Netherlands||Amstelveen||2006|
|4||439/2 (50 overs)||South Africa||West Indies||Johannesburg||2014–15|
|5||438/9 (49.5 overs)||South Africa||Australia||Johannesburg||2005–06|
|6||438/4 (50 overs)||South Africa||India||Mumbai||2015–16|
|7||434/4 (50 overs)||Australia||South Africa||Johannesburg||2005–06|
|8||418/5 (50 overs)||South Africa||Zimbabwe||Potchefstroom||2006–07|
|9||418/5 (50 overs)||India||West Indies||Indore||2011–12|
|10||417/6 (50 overs)||Australia||Afghanistan||Perth||2014–15|