When we watch cricket, as much as we enjoy the game, we also enjoy the various statistics associated with the game of Cricket! One such statistic is the runs scored by a team. It is exciting to watch a match where a team scores a record. So, we take a look back at some of the highest scores made by teams in Cricket!
The highest score by a team in Test Match cricket was scored by Sri Lanka who made 952/6. The highest score by a team in an ODI match was scored by England who made 481/6 against Australia. The highest score by a team in T20 Cricket was scored by Afghanistan who made 278/3 against Ireland!
In this article, we will dig deep down in history and do some number crunching to get some amazing statistics that I’m sure you will find fascinating! We will go beyond just the basic statistics and uncover some interesting facts.
So, let’s get started!
A quick heads up – this article is focused only on the highest scores by a team in Cricket. If you are looking to read on the highest individual scores in Cricket, check out my other article on this link.
Highest Score by a Team in Test Matches
First, let’s start with Test Matches. In this section, we shall be looking at the highest scores by a team in a test match.
Highest Score by a Team in Test Cricket
Here’s a list of highest scores by a team in a test match-
Top 5 Highest scores in a Test Match
*Note – “d” in the score column stands for declare. It is used to represent when the team has declared their innings.
**Innings – Although 4 innings are considered in a test match, the above table records 1st and the 2nd innings as 1st innings of a team.
Interestingly, all the 5 matches above saw at a triple century being scored in the match.
Furthermore, the highest score by a team in a test match where no batsman managed to score a triple century was scored by Sri Lanka. They managed to pile up a score of 760/7d in a match against India. This is also the 6th highest total by a team in a test match. The highest score by a batsman in that match was 275 by Mahela Jayawardena. Here’s a full scorecard of that match.
This score by Sri Lanka is the only one of two matches in the top 10 list that didn’t see a triple century being scored in a match.
Highest Score by a Team in 2nd Innings of a Test Match
It is often easy to score a big total in the first innings of a test match – irrespective of whether the team is batting first or second. As the pitch wears off, scoring more runs becomes quite difficult. So, in this section, we will take a look at some of the highest scores by team in their 2nd innings (which would be 3rd or 4th innings of a test match)
Top 5 Highest Scores by a Team in their 2nd Innings in a Test Match
|2||New Zealand||671/4||3.04||3rd||Sri Lanka||1991|
*Innings in this table indicate the innings of the match.
Interestingly, India’s score of 657/7d was the only match with a result. India managed to win the iconic match against Australia in Eden Gardens Kolkata after being asked to follow-on the innings. This innings not only turned the match on its head, but also ensured that India managed to win the series by winning the next test match!
All the other matches in the table above that witnessed the high scores in the 2nd innings of a match ended in a draw.
Highest Successful Run Chase in a Test Match
In Test Cricket, we don’t really see too many run chases. But, there have been some really historic run chases. So, in this section, we will take a look at some of the biggest run chases in Test Cricket
Top 10 Highest Successful Run Chase in a Test Match
The above list closes with the iconic match of England and Australia in 2019. It saw a staggering 76 run unbroken last wicket partnership between Ben Stokes and Jack Leach. After his heroics in the 2019 ODI World Cup finals, Ben Stokes was in the middle once again saving the match for England with his brilliant innings of 135 not out!
Likewise, Kyle Mayers of the West Indies scored a brilliant double-hundred in the last innings of the match against Bangladesh in 2021. He, just like Ben Stokes, almost single-handedly won the match for his team!
Highest Score by a Team in the Final Innings of a Test Match
We have seen some really high scores while chasing a score. However, there have been occasions when the teams managed to put up a really high total in the 4th innings of a test match – either to prevent an eminent loss or to just play out a draw. Let’s take a look
Highest Fourth Innings Score by a Team in a Test Match
An interesting match to highlight here is the one where South Africa were set a target of 458 by India. They came quite close to winning it. However, when they lost the wicket of Faf du Plesis, the South African team took a cautious approach and decided to prevent a loss instead of winning the match.
The result was a draw with a difference of just 8 runs!
Highest Score by a Losing Team in a Test Match
If a team puts up a huge score on the scoreboard, the chances of that team winning increases significantly. But, there have been some interesting cases when even though a team made a high score, it ended up losing the match!
The distinction for the highest score by a team for a losing cause in a Test Match is held by Bangladesh. They managed to lose a test match against New Zealand in 2017 despite scoring 595/8!
Top 10 Highest Scores by a Losing Team in a Test Match
In 2017, Bangladesh broke a 123-year old record in cricket for managing the highest score of 595/8 for a losing cause!
Bangladesh piled up 595 runs in the first innings. They declared their innings as they thought it would be a match-winning total. Little did they expect New Zealand to put up a fighting 500+ score in their first innings. Bangladesh collapsed for a meager 160 runs in their second innings. This resulted in a historic victory for New Zealand!
Most 700+ Scores by a Team in Test Cricket
Scoring 700 runs in an innings of a Test Match is quite rare. It doesn’t happen too often. In fact, until 2021, there have been only 24 occasions in a cricket test match when a team has scored more than 700 runs in an innings.
Sri Lanka holds the record for scoring maximum number of 700 plus scores in an innings of a Test Match. Sri Lanka has managed to score more than 700 runs in an innings 6 times! West Indies, Australia and India have scored over 700 runs in an innings 4 times each.
List of Most 700 plus scores by a Team in Test Cricket
|S. No||Team||No. of 700+ Scores||Highest Score|
Highest Score by a Team in ODI Matches
Now that we have covered the Test Matches, let’s take a look at ODI matches and some team records associated with it.
Highest Score by a Team in ODI Matches
Every time a team manages to score a high total in a one day international match, it is really exciting to watch. This usually means more 6’s and 4’s which is really entertaining!
So, let’s look at some of the highest scores by a team in an ODI match in Cricket
Top 10 Highest Scores by a Team in ODI Cricket Matches
|4||South Africa||439/2||Won||West Indies||2015|
It is interesting to note that until 2006, the highest score made by a team was by Sri Lanka. They had managed to score 398/5 against Kenya in the 1996 world cup. However, once the record was broken during the iconic match between Australia and South Africa in 2006, teams have now crossed the total of 400 runs 23 times in the last 14 years!
Highest Score by a Team Batting Second in an ODI Match
It is not easy to score a big total when the team is batting 2nd in an ODI match. However, there have been some really interesting cases when we look at the tally. So, let’s take a look.
South Africa has scored the highest score while batting second in an ODI cricket match. They managed to score 438/9 against Australia while winning the match in the process.
Top 10 Highest Scores by a Team Batting Second in an ODI Cricket Match
It is interesting to note that England not only appears in the highest scores list in ODI matches, but they also appear the most number of times in the highest scores by a team batting second in an ODI match!
Highest Successful Run Chases in ODI History
For the highest run chase to occur, not only does the team batting second need to chase a high score, but the team batting first also needs to put up a big total.
South Africa holds the record for successfully chasing the highest score of 434 made by Australia in 2006. South Africa managed to score 438/9 with 1 ball to spare, winning the match in the process.
Here’s a list of highest successful run chases in ODI cricket history!
Top 10 Highest Successful Run Chase in ODI Matches
Although South Africa holds the top 2 spots for the highest successful run chases in ODI Cricket history, England and India have managed to successfully chase the highest scores the most number of times!
Highest Score by a Losing Team in ODI Matches
When a team has managed to score a big total, and yet ends up losing a match, it is really disheartening for the team. The only solace the losing team has is at least they put up a fight! We don’t witness such matches every day, so let’s take a look at the highest score by a losing team in an ODI cricket match.
Top 10 Highest Scores by a Losing Team in ODI Matches
|1||Australia||434/4||Batting First||South Africa||2006|
|4||Australia||371/6||Batting First||South Africa||2016|
|9||West Indies||360/8||Batting First||England||2019|
Most 400 plus Scores by a Team in ODI Matches
Scoring 400 runs in an ODI match used to be a distant dream not too far long ago. However, with the advent of T20 cricket, the possibility of 400 runs in a match is now more acceptable.
Till 2021, there have been 20 occasions in ODI matches that a team has managed to score over 400 runs!
List of Teams with Most 400+ Scores in ODI Matches
|S. No||Team||No. of 400+ Scores||Highest Score|
An interesting fact to note here is that while England has the top 2 highest scores in ODI history, South Africa has scored and India have scored more 400 plus scores in ODI history!
Highest Score in an ODI World Cup
Since we are talking about One Day International (ODI) Cricket Matches, it is important to consider ODI matches that take place in the World Cup as they hold a special place in every cricket fan’s heart!
Highest Score in an ODI World Cup Match
Let’s take a look at some of the highest scores made by teams in an ODI world cup match!
Top 5 Highest Scores by a Team in an ODI World Cup Match
|4||South Africa||408/5||Won||West Indies||2015|
You might find it really fascinating to know that when a team has scored more than 340 runs in a world cup match, they have never lost a match! There have been 30 occasions when a team has managed to score 340 runs or more in a world cup match!
Highest Successful Run Chase in an ODI World Cup match
As you may have noticed from the stats mentioned in the previous section, if a team is chasing a high score in a world cup match, the chances of winning the match are extremely slim!
Nevertheless, let’s take a look at some of the highest successful run chases in world cup matches!
Top 10 Highest Successful Run Chases in an ODI World Cup Match
|10||New Zealand||299/6||South Africa||2015|
In total, there have been 116 occasions when a team has scored 300 or more runs in an ODI World Cup match. 97 of these 116 occasions have been achieved when a team was batting first!
What’s really astonishing is that out of the 97 times a team has scored 300 runs or more in a world cup match batting first, only 8 times has a team lost the match and 1 match resulted in a tie!
Highest Score by a Team Batting Second in an ODI World Cup Match
There have been a few occasions when a team has managed to score more than 300 runs despite batting second. Most of these matches have resulted in a loss.
Top 5 Highest Scores by a Team Batting Second in an ODI World Cup Match
England holds the record for scoring the highest score by a team batting second in an ODI World Cup match. England managed to score 338/8 against India in 2011. Ironically, the match ended in a tie!
Highest Score by a Team in T20 Matches
Now let’s move on to the shortest format of the game i.e. T20 cricket!
Highest Score by a Team in T20 International Cricket Match
When we look at the T20 records, it is surprising to see some uncommon or unknown cricket teams holding the records! You’ll see what I mean in a minute when we take a look at the highest totals in T20 matches.
Top 10 Highest Scores by a Team in T20 International Cricket Matches
As you may have noticed, Afghanistan and Czech Republic jointly hold the record for the highest total by a team in T20 international cricket match. Afghanistan scored 278/3 against Ireland whereas Czech Republic scored 278/4 against Turkey. Both the matches were played in 2019.
As T20 has gained traction, it has made cricket a game that is now played across the globe. More and more countries are now participating in the game of cricket! This results in very interesting and unknown teams setting world records!
Highest Score by a Team Batting Second in T20 Match
Let’s now take a look at some of the highest total by teams batting second in a T20 cricket match.
Top 10 Highest Score by a Team Batting Second in T20 International Cricket Match
|3||West Indies||236/6||Won||South Africa||2016|
Highest Successful Run Chase in T20 Matches
The highest successful run chase in a T20 international cricket match has been done by Australia. They managed to successfully chase and score 245/5 in 18.5 overs against New Zealand in Auckland in February 2018.
But there have been other run chases as well. So, let’s take a look at the some of the top successful ran chases in T20 history.
Top 5 Highest Successful Run Chase in T20 International Cricket Matches
|2||West Indies||236/6||South Africa||2015|
Overall, there have been 18 cases where 200 plus run chases have been done.
Highest Score by a Losing Team in T20 Matches
There have been several matches where a team has scored a really high total but they still end up losing the match in T20 matches.
Let’s take a look at some of the highest totals made by losing teams in T20 matches –
Top 5 Highest Scores by a Losing Team in T20 International Cricket Matches
|3||South Africa||231/7||1st||West Indies||2015|
Most 200-plus scores by a Team in T20 Cricket
Scoring a 200 plus total can definitely put you in the driver’s seat. So, here’s a list of teams who have scored 200+ totals the most number of times in T20 international cricket.
List of Teams with Most 200+ Scores in T20 International Matches
|S. No||Team||No. of 400+ Scores||Highest Score|
Please note – The above list is updated only until May 2021. Given the nature of the cricket format, the number of scores of over 200 is going to increase substantially and the result may vary based on the performance of the teams.
In total, there have been 136 cases where a team has scored over 200 runs in an innings of a T20 match. This is obviously going to change over time.
Highest Score by a Team in T20 World Cup
Now let’s move on to the T20 World Cup matches. As you are aware, world cup matches often bring out the best in the teams. I mean, remember Yuvraj Singh’s 6 sixes against Stuart Broad! There are many interesting incidents that have taken place during the world cup matches. Thus, it is important to also look at some of the highest scores by teams in the T20 World Cups
Highest Score by a Team in a T20 World Cup Match
Let’s start off by looking at the highest score by a team in a T20 World Cup Match. Let’s take a look at the top 10 entries
Top 10 Highest Scores by a Team in a T20 World Cup Match in Cricket
|7||South Africa||208/2||Won||West Indies||2007|
|8||West Indies||205/6||Lost||South Africa||2007|
Sri Lanka holds the record for scoring the highest team total of 260/6 against Kenya in 2007 T20 World Cup match.
As you may have noticed, South Africa actually has scored the most number of 200-plus totals in a world cup match. They have won 3 out of the 4 times that they have scored a 200+ score in a world cup match.
However, these stats are updated only until May 2021 and are likely to change as more and more T20 world cup matches are held. So far, there have only been 6 T20 World Cup matches that have been held.
Highest Successful Run Chase in T20 World Cup
Let’s look at some of the highest successful run chases by teams in T20 World Cup cricket match.
Top 10 Highest Successful Run Chase in T20 World Cup Cricket Match
|2||South Africa||208/2||West Indies||2007|
It may be quite evident from the above table that it is not easy to chase down a 200+ score in a T20 world cup match! Till August 2021, there have only been two occasions when a team batting second managed to chase a score of over 200 runs in a T20 world cup match!
Highest Score by a Team Batting Second in a T20 World Cup Match
Now, let’s take a look at some of the highest scores that teams have managed when batting second during a world cup match!
Top 5 Highest Scores by a Team Batting Second in a T20 World Cup Cricket Match
|2||South Africa||208/2||Won||West Indies||2007|
Highest Score by a Team in IPL History
When we are talking about T20 cricket, how can we not talk about the Indian Premier League (IPL)! So, in this section we shall take a look at some of the records related to high scores by teams in IPL.
Highest Score by a Team in IPL
Let’s start of with the highest total scored by a team in IPL history!
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) hold the record for scoring the highest team total in an IPL Match. They managed to score 263/5 in a match against Pune Warriors in 2013 edition of the IPL.
Top 10 Highest Score by a Team in IPL History
|1||Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)||263/5||Pune Warriors||2013|
|2||Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)||248/3||Gujarat Lions||2016|
|3||Chennai Super Kings (CSK)||246/5||Rajasthan Royals||2010|
|4||Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)||245/6||Kings XI Punjab||2018|
|5||Chennai Super Kings (CSK)||240/5||Kings XI Punjab||2008|
|6||Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)||235/1||Mumbai Indians||2015|
|7||Kings XI Punjab||232/2||RCB||2019|
|8||Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)||232/2||Mumbai Indians||2019|
|9||Delhi Daredevils||231/4||Kings XI Punjab||2011|
|10||Kings XI Punjab||231/4||CSK||2014|
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) not only holds the record for the highest total in the IPL history, it also holds the record for the second-highest score in the history of the IPL T20 league.
Highest Successful Run Chase in IPL History
Now, let’s take a look at some of the highest successful run chases in the history of the IPL T20 league.
Top 5 Highest Successful Run Chase in the IPL T20 History
|1||Rajasthan Royals||226/6||Kings XI Punjab||2020|
|2||Mumbai Indians||219/6||Chennai Super Kings||2021|
|3||Rajasthan Royals||217/7||Deccan Chargers||2007|
|4||Delhi Daredevils||214/3||Gujarat Lions||2017|
|5||Kings XI Punjab||211/4||Sunrisers Hyderabad||2014|
Highest Score by a Team Batting Second in IPL
Chances of a team scoring a 200 plus total in an IPL when batting second is far lower than when a team is batting first!
Interestingly, there have been 114 occasions when a team has scored over 200 runs in an innings in an IPL match. However, out of these 114 occasions, only 31 times has a team scored over 200 runs in an innings while batting second!
Top 10 Highest Score by a Team Batting Second in IPL
|1||Rajasthan Royals||226/6||Kings XI Punjab||2020|
|2||Mumbai Indians||223/6||Kings XI Punjab||2017|
|3||Rajasthan Royals||223/5||Chennai Super Kings||2010|
|4||Mumbai Indians||219/6||Chennai Super Kings||2021|
|5||Rajasthan Royals||217/7||Deccan Chargers||2008|
|6||Rajasthan Royals||217/7||Punjab Kings||2021|
|7||Kings XI Punjab||214/8||Kolkata Knight Riders||2018|
|8||Delhi Daredevils||214/3||Gujarat Lions||2017|
|9||Kings XI Punjab||211/4||Sunrisers Hyderabad||2014|
|10||Kolkata Knight Riders||210/8||Delhi Capitals||2020|
Most 200 Plus Scores by a Team in IPL History
For a team to score a total of 200 runs in an innings shows some character. It earns them respect. For a team to do it over an d over again, makes them a legend!
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have scored the most number of 200 plus scores by a team in IPL history. They have managed to score a total of 200+ in an innings 20 times! Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are second in the list. CSK has scored 200 plus runs in an innings 19 times in IPL history.
List of 200 Plus Scores by Teams in IPL History
|S. No||Team||No. of 200+ Scores||Most 200+ scores in a Single Edition of IPL||Highest Score|
|1||Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)||20||4 (2016)||263/5|
|2||Chennai Super Kings (CSK)||19||4 (2018)||246/5|
|3||Mumbai Indians (MI)||15||3 (2020)||223/6|
|4||Punjab (Kings XI + Punjab Kings)||15||4 (2014)||232/2|
|5||Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)||13||4 (2019)||245/6|
|6||Sunrisers Hyderabad||12||3 (2017, 2020)||231/2|
|7||Rajasthan Royals||11||2 (2008, 2010, 2020, 2021)||226/6|
|8||Delhi (Daredevils + Capitals)||7||2 (2017)||231/4|
|9||Deccan Chargers||1||1 (2008)||214/5|
|10||Gujarat Lions||1||1 (2016)||208/7|
There have been a total of 114 occasions when a team has scored 200 plus runs in an innings of an IPL match. What is really interesting is that every team that has played an IPL season has scored a 200 plus total at least once!
What’s really interesting to note here is that even though RCB has scored 200 plus runs in an innings 20 times, 18 of those 20 times they have managed to score it in the first innings!
Furthermore, what is even more interesting is that even though Deccan Chargers and Gujarat Lions managed to score a 200 plus total just once, they both lost both their respective matches!
Highest Total Scores by India in Cricket History
Now that we are in the final section of this article, let’s take a look at some of the highest scores by a team – in this case India.
Highest Score by India in Test Match Cricket
First let’s start with the test matches. India has been a test playing nation for several years, and there have been several matches that have been memorable. Many of them have involved scoring a high total. So, let’s take a look at some of the highest scores by India in Test Matches
Top 10 Highest Score by India in Test Matches
The historic match against Australia in 2001 is the only test match in the top 10 highest scores by India that features the runs made in the second innings by India!
Highest Scores by India in ODI Matches
Now let’s move on to the shorter formats of the game starting with the highest score by India in one-day international matches.
The highest score by India in ODI Matches is 418/5. They managed to score this total in a match against West Indies at Indore in 2011.
Top 10 Highest Scores by India in ODI Matches
|3||413/5||Bermuda||Port of Spain||2007|
Highest Score by India in T20 Matches
Let’s now take a look at some of the highest scores by India in T20 Matches
The highest score by India in T20 Cricket matches is 260/5 against Sri Lanka. India scored this total during a T20 match at Indore in 2017.
Top 10 Highest Scores by India in T20 International Cricket Matches
|2||244/4||West Indies||Lauderhill (USA)||2016|
India’s highest score of 260/5 against Sri Lanka is the 4th highest score by a team in T20 cricket matches.
Highest Successful Run Chase by India in ODI Matches
The highest successful run chase by India ODI matches is 362/1. India managed to chase down a target of 360 set by Australia in just 43.3 overs. The match took place in Jaipur in 2013.
Top 10 Highest Successful Run Chases by India in ODI Matches
Highest Successful Run Chase by India in T20 Matches
The highest successful run chase by India in T20 matches is 211/4. In this match, India managed to chase down the target set by Sri Lanka of 207 with 5 balls to spare. The match took place in Mohali, Chandigarh in 2009.
Here’s a list of some of the highest successful run chase by India in T20 Matches
Top 10 Highest Successful Run Chases by India in T20 Matches
Highest Score by Australia in Cricket History
Australia has been one of the oldest cricketing nation in the history of the game. So, in this section, we will take a look at some of the highest scores by Australia in Cricket History.
Highest Score by Australia in Test Matches
The highest score by Australia in a Test Match is 758/8d. They managed to score this total against West Indies in a match 1995. Australia managed to win this match by an innings and 82 runs!
List of Top 5 Highest Score by Australia in Test Matches
Interestingly, in all the matches that witnessed the top 5 highest scores by Australia at least 1 double century was scored by an Australian batsman.
Highest Score by Australia in ODI Matches
The highest score by Australia in ODI matches is 434/4. Australia scored this total in an ODI match against South Africa in 2006. Ironically, Australia lost the match even though they had broken the record for the highest score by a team in ODI matches at that point in time!
Top 5 Highest Scores by Australia in ODI Matches
Highest Score by Australia in T20 Matches
The highest score by Australia in T20 matches is 263/3. Australia managed to score this in a match against Sri Lanka in Pallekele in 2016. Australia won the match by 85 runs.
Top 5 Highest Scores by Australia in T20 Matches
Highest Score by England in Cricket History
The game of cricket is said to have originated in England. It is considered the home of cricket. So, it is quite important and obvious to considered some of the highest scores made by England in cricket history!
Highest Score by England in Test Matches
The highest score by England in Test Matches is 903/7d. England managed to score this total in a test match against Australia played at The Oval in 1938. England won the test match by an innings and 579 runs!
Top 5 Highest Score by England in Test Matches
Highest Score by England in ODI Matches
The highest score by England in One Day International (ODI) matches is 481/6. England managed to score this total in an ODI match against Australia in Nottingham in 2018. England managed to win this match by 242 runs. England also holds the record for the highest total by a team in ODI matches.
Top 5 Highest Scores by England in ODI matches
|3||418/6||West Indies||St. George’s (Grenada)||2019|
Highest Score by England in T20 Matches
Top 5 Highest Scores by England in T20 Matches
Please note – all the above stats are updated until 30th May 2021.
Phew! That is a lot of stats! But, I hope that you have been able get the stats that you have been looking for. If you are like me, you will definitely nerd out this page!
The thing about cricket is that there are always a ton of records and stats to consider. This also means that the records will be broken and the stats will change. I will try to keep this page updated as much as possible!
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