It was in the hot Australian summer when the First International ODI match was played in 1971. Then the historical Melbourne Cricket Ground was the spectator of this match between the arch rivals Australia and England. If we go back in the time wheel to the eras of 1877, then MCG was also the host of the first international test match and that too between the same two countries.
A game which was epitomized for 94 years around the longer versions of the game took its time in the evolution of ODI cricket. In the beginning eras of ODI cricket, we witnessed that a total of around 200 was considered to be competitive. While a score of 250 was regarded as a winning total and 300 was eye candy in the starting phases for many sides. But, this game has taken its stride in leaps and bounds.
Nowadays, a score above 300 or 350 is never out of reach and sometimes even 400 runs are chased.
CricMatez makes a list of top 10 highest run-chases in ODI cricket:
10. Zimbabwe 329/9 vs New Zealand
Although, the talent of the Zimbabweans was never a doubt but they could hardly replicate their magic on the field consistently. But, in this historic match they showcased tremendous skills and temperament to outdone the Kiwi side.
This match was played on 25th October 2011 at Bulawayo. The New Zealand team had batted first and then presented an imposing target of 329 for the home side. The home side chased the target on back of half-centuries from the likes of Taylor, Taibu and Waller. It was a nail-biting encounter as Zimbabwe sneaked a narrow victory with only 1 ball and 1 wicket to spare.