Cricket World Cup 2023: Skippers Cummins, Latham hail record breaking thriller at iconic Dharamshala Stadium

Saturday's mtch records highest aggregate in World Cup history with 771 runs scored in 100 overs of intense battle

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Australia's Travis Head celebrates after he made World Cup history by scoring the quickest fifty of 25 balls in the 2023 World Cup competition. He also scored a century in 59 balls - PTI
Australia's Travis Head celebrates after he made World Cup history by scoring the quickest fifty of 25 balls in the 2023 World Cup competition. He also scored a century in 59 balls - PTI

Published: Sat 28 Oct 2023, 6:45 PM

Australia captain Pat Cummins described his team's five-run win over New Zealand in the highest-scoring match in World Cup history as "awesome" on Saturday.

The five-time champions made 388 and then saw the Black Caps come agonisingly close to pulling off the second highest chase in one-day internationals.


They finished on 383-9 having started the final over needing 19 to win and then seven off the last two deliveries before key batsman Jimmy Neesham was run out.

"That was awesome," said Cummins. "Sometimes I have to remember I'm out in the field, not a spectator. A fantastic game, they kept coming at us."


Australia's captain Pat Cummins. - AFP
Australia's captain Pat Cummins. - AFP

Australia's win had been set-up by a 175-run opening partnership between Travis Head, who top scored with 109 on his return to the team after breaking his hand, and fellow opener David Warner (81).

"I love the openers, especially Travis who's been away for five weeks," added Cummins.

"It was a good wicket. In patches we bowled really well, sometimes we gave too much width away. Some really good partnerships, it was tough to get into them."

Both Australia and New Zealand, with four wins and two defeats apiece, are well-placed to make the semi-finals.

"It was a fantastic game of cricket. There were ebbs and flows throughout the 100 overs. Obviously to get so close hurts," said New Zealand captain Tom Latham.

New Zealand's Tom Latham. - AP
New Zealand's Tom Latham. - AP

"You need to play the perfect game when you are chasing near 400."

New Zealand battled hard with Rachin Ravindra making 116, Daryl Mitchell adding 54 and Neesham supplying late fireworks with a 33-ball fifty.

With a total of 771 runs, it was the highest scoring game at a World Cup, beating the 754 scored in South Africa's win against Sri Lanka earlier in this tournament.

"It was a fantastic knock from Rachin, one of the better ones you'll see in a chase. It was pretty special to get close. I'm proud of the guys," added Latham.

Highest scoring ODI World Cup matches in history

771* - Australia vs New Zealand, Dharamsala - 2023.

754 - South Africa vs Sri Lanka, Delhi - 2023.

714 - Australia vs Bangladesh, Nottingham - 2019.

688 - Australia vs Sri Lanka, Sydney - 2015.

682 - England vs Pakistan, Nottingham - 2019.

676 - India vs England, Bengaluru - 2011.

Fastest century by an opener in ODI World Cup history:

Travis Head - 59 balls vs New Zealand in 2023

Rohit Sharma - 63 balls vs Afghanistan in 2023

Matthew Hayden - 66 balls vs South Africa in 2007

John Davison - 67 balls vs West Indies in 2003

Paul Stirling - 70 balls vs Netherlands in 2011


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