The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England is set to have batting pitches and the England and Wales Cricket Board has even predicted a 500-run total. If a batting side collapses in the second innings of a match in such conditions, there might be a chance for the opposition to notch up a record victory by runs in a World Cup tournament. There is a definite possibility of getting a new Biggest World Cup win this edition.
Here are the Top 10 instances when a team lost by too many runs:
Biggest World Cup Win - By Runs
The biggest world cup win by runs came in Cricket World Cup 2015 when the rampant Australian team, the Winners of World Cup that year, scored a mammoth 417 on the board after losing the toss to Afghanistan. The Afghanistan batting order could manage only 142 and lost the match by a whopping margin of 275 runs.
In the list of Top 10 biggest victories in World Cups in terms of runs, Australia appears the most times (4) on the winning side and the minnows the Netherlands appear most times (4) on the losing side. Five of these instances have occurred in the 2007 World Cup which was held in the West Indies. New Zealand and West Indies are the only two teams in this list that are not minnows or not playing their first ever World Cup tournament.
Biggest World Cup Win - By Wickets
The ICC ODI World Cups have been the most exciting cricket tournaments since the inaugural World Cup edition in 1975.
However, there have been a few matches which have been fairly one-sided either because of the difference of the status of the teams or because of their strengths and/or weaknesses. A team which is batting heavy may fail to use the bowling conditions well and a bowling heavy team can dismantle the batting of the opposition. There have been a few such matches where the bowlers of one team made merry and their openers chased down the target without any fuss.
Here are the first 10 instances:
More than 10 matches have resulted in 10-wicket wins. India has the distinction of the first ever 10-wicket win in a World Cup match. They defeated East Africa in the first-ever World Cup tournament held in England in 1975.
The South African team won by 10 wickets twice in 2003 in South Africa and New Zealand did it twice in 2011 in India/Sri Lanka/Bangladesh. Bangladesh has the dubious record of becoming the first team to lose a match by 10 wickets three times. They lost twice in 2003 and then the third time in 2007.
Also Read : World Cup Winners Captains List