Let us take a look at the top 5 biggest victories in the history of ODI cricket-

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1. New Zealand won by 290 runs against Ireland in 2008

The highest winning margin in the One Day Internationals was in the year 2008, The ODI match between New Zealand and Ireland took place in Aberdeen. New Zealand batted first and scored 402/2 as James Marshall and Brendon McCullum opened the batting innings for New Zealand and both ended up scoring centuries – 161 and 166 respectively while on the other hand, in response Ireland just kept losing wickets and finally ended their innings at 112/10, thus losing the match by 290 runs – which is still highest ever margin in the history of ODI cricket.

2. Australia won by 275 runs against Afghanistan in 2015

The second-highest margin of victory came for Australia against Afghanistan in the league match of the 2015 ICC ODI World Cup at Perth as Australia defeated Afghanistan by 275 runs. Afghanistan won the toss and decided to ball first which turned out to be a nightmare for them as David Warner scored thunderous 178 runs at the top of the order, and Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell in the middle order also contributed to their team’s success with 95 and 88 runs respectively as Australia posted a total of  417 at the end of their innings while on the other hand, in response Afghanistan were all out for just 142 runs.

3. South Africa won by 272 runs vs Zimbabwe in 2010

The third-highest winning margin in ODIs was achieved by South Africa against the minor Zimbabwe. South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first as their opening pair of Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla, gave them a quick start on which JP Duminy and AB de Villiers capitalized later on it by scoring a couple of centuries – 129 (117 balls) and 109 (99 balls) respectively. Later on, the tail also made its contribution, stretching the score to 399 for South Africa. In response the target was too big to handle for Zimbabwe as they got all out for 127 by the end of the 29th over, giving South Africa a 272-run victory.

4. South Africa won by 258 runs vs Sri Lanka in 2012

Next are again South Africa included in the list for their big win over Sri Lanka at home in 2012. South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first. Hashim Amla at the top of the order made a century along with a couple of half-centuries from Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers helped South Africa get over 300. The target was not much big, but the combination of Morne Morkel and Tsotsobe took 7 wickets for 29 runs. Eventually, Sri Lanka got all out for 43 runs. South Africa won the match by a huge margin of 258 runs.

5. India won by 257 runs vs Bermuda in 2007

Fifth on this list is India who registered a big win over Bermuda in the 2007 ODI World Cup. The match was held on 19 March 2007 in Port of Spain. Batting first, India lost Uthappa early on but Ganguly and Sehwag took the score to over 200 by the 30th over. In the next 20 overs, India more than doubled the score to reach 413 for the loss of 5 wickets. Sehwag scored a century, 114 off 87 balls. In response, Bermuda scored just 156/10 in 44th over, handing India a big win by a margin of 257 runs. Anil Kumble and Ajit Agarkar took 3 wickets each.

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By Abhishek Pandey

Non-Aspiring future engineer having many aspirations in life. A lover of cricket and football, an admirer of the GOATs in both games. Solving the jigsaw puzzles of life in my own way to find the treasure of peace. There is only one quote that keeps me going- 'There is no way for being happy, being happy is the only way.'

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