5 teams with the most 300+ totals in ODIs
20 years back a total in excess of 300 was a luxurious sight for the fans in One Day Internationals. 270-280 was considered a match-winning score even at a time when ODIs featured 60 overs a side. But the advent of bigger bats, smaller grounds and freakish talents like Adam Gilchrist, Virender Sehwag, Sanath Jayasuriya and AB de Villiers has made even 400 look pretty easy.
A score above 300 is no longer regarded as a safe first innings total. Chases in excess of 300 have become regular place in ODIs. Much to the dismay of bowlers from around the world, batsmen have made batting look extremely easy and found new avenues of scoring runs.
Smaller grounds and thick bats have also been crucial factors in promoting 300+ totals in ODIs. Boundaries that used to be 85-90 metres long in the 20th century, became 60-70 metres. With the bats that modern batsmen use, even edges fly over the boundary rope. With this in mind, let us look at teams that have scored the maximum number of totals above 300.
#5 Sri Lanka - 59
The island nation has scored 300+ 59 times in their tenure as a top tier cricketing country. The first ever instance they scored 300 came in 1992 against Zimbabwe where they piled up 313. Aided by explosive batsmen in Jayasuriya,De Silva and Ranatunga, Sri Lanka piled up 398 against Kenya in the 1996 World Cup, the highest ODI total for a long time. They have lost 11 times in matches they have scored above 300 and won the remaining.
Sri Lanka's 398 was broken by Australia in the famous Johannesburg ODI in 2006, but it took them only months to take back the record as they compiled a record-breaking 443 against the Netherlands.
Sri Lanka also has two scores in excess of 400 in ODIs. One of them came in a chase against India which they lost eventually by 4 runs.