Pakistan bag record for highest run-chase in ODI World Cup history

The Men in Green have piped Ireland to claim the record

By Web Desk
October 10, 2023
Mohammad Rizwan (L) celebrates as Abdullah Shafique (R) lauds him. — AFP

Pakistan created history by chasing down 345 against Sri Lanka in the ongoing ICC ODI World Cup 2023 at Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi's International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. 

The Men in Green pipped Ireland to claim the record of the highest-ever run chase in the history of ODI World Cups.

Across the 13 editions of the ODI World Cup, chases of over 300 runs have been achieved only a handful of times.

Ireland held the record for the highest run chase in the history of the ODI World Cup when it chased down 329 against England during the 2011 World Cup in India.

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka also feature in the top five list. England fell agonisingly short of getting onto the list in the tied match against India during the 2011 World Cup when it scored 338/8 in the second innings.

Here is the full list of the top five chases:

Pakistan345/4Sri Lanka2023
Bangladesh 322/3
West Indies2019
Sri Lanka313/7Zimbabwe

Earlier today, chasing the target of 345 runs, the Men in Green met with early blows as they had lost their top-order batters, Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam, in just 7.1 overs and were 37-2 but the match-winning partnership between Mohammad Rizwan and the World Cup debutant, Abdullah Shafique, changed the fortunes of the struggling Pakistani side.

The 176-run stand between the two batters provided their side the much-needed break and got them in a dominating position once again.

Abdullah walked back to the pavilion after scoring 113 off 103 courtesy of 10 fours and three sixes but Rizwan stayed till the end and took his side over the line by scoring 131 runs — Pakistan’s second-highest individual score in the World Cup overtaking Ramiz Raja’s 119 against New Zealand in 1992.

The astounding win will be a great confidence booster for the Pakistani side who play the arch-rivals India in the most-anticipated match of the World Cup at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on October 14.