Openers Jayasuriya and Kaluwitharana took off to a quick start with both batsmen taking the Kenyan bowling apart with boundaries and sixes galore during the 1996 World Cup. Gurusinha then stabled the innings with his contribution of 84. This was followed by a superb knock of 145 runs by Aravinda De Silva hitting 14 fours and 5 sixes. Arjuna Ranatunga made a quick-fire unbeaten 75 runs off only 40 balls. Sri Lanka went on to win the match by 144 runs.
Australia hit the highest World Cup score in tournament history on Wednesday when they made 417-6 against Afghanistan at the WACA in Perth. The four-time champions went past the previous best of 413-5 made by India against Bermuda in 2007. It was the third 400-plus total at this World Cup after South Africa twice went through the barrier -- 408-5 against the West Indies and 411-4 in the game with Ireland. Earlier, David Warner made Australia's highest World Cup individual score of 178 beating the 158 of Matthew Hayden against West Indies at Antigua in 2007. He was just seven short of Shane Watson's record in all ODIs of 185 not out against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2011. Warner's 260-run second wicket partnership with Steve Smith, who went on to 95, was an Australian ODI record beating the 252 of Ricky Ponting and Shane Watson against England at Centurion in 2009. Glenn Maxwell hit a rapid 88 off just 39 balls with six fours and seven sixes.
The 'Men in Blue' put on the highest total in their 2007 World Cup encounter against Bermuda which saw some of the finest batting performances in the team. Sourav Ganguly scored a vital 89 runs only before Virender Sehwag took charge with a brilliant century. Down the order, all-rounder Yuvraj Singh and master blaster Sachin Tendulkar took the innings into overdrive. Yuvi scored 83 off 46 balls while Sachin scored an unbeaten 57 off just 29. India went on to win the match by a handsome 257 runs.
Following an early wicket, Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis put on over 240 runs together. Du Plessis scored 109 runs but it was Hashim Amla who paced his innings brilliantly and raised the bar when required during the game. He went on to score his highest ODI score of 159 hitting 16 fours and 4 sixes. AB de Villiers put on rapid 24 runs, before the brilliant duo of David Miller and Rilee Rossouw put on a quick-fire 110 run partnership in less than 10 overs. Miller was unbeaten on 46 while Rossouw managed to reach an unbeaten 61.
Yet another fine innings from the Proteas is when they took apart the West Indies team at the ongoing 2015 World Cup. Three of the SA batsmen scored in the 60s - Amla, du Plessis and Rossouw. This was followed by captain AB de Villiers tearing apart through the Windies bowling attack. De Villiers went on to score a blistering unbeaten 162 runs off a mere 66 balls. He smashed 8 sixes and 17 fours during his time at the crease. He became the batsman to score the fastest 150 and in the process, holds all three records (including fastest fifty and hundred). The Windies were bowled out for 151 and SA picked up their 257-run win.
The top order Australian batsmen went right after South Africa's bowling attack throughout their match at the 2007 World Cup. Lethal opening pair Gilchrist and Hayden got off to a good start. Hayden went on to score 101 off just 68 balls. Ponting and Clarke then followed suit with both scoring 91 and 92 respectively. South Africa put up a fight with Graeme Smith who retired hurt and AB de Villiers putting up over 150 runs together. But they fell short as SA were bowled out for 294 and the Aussies won by 83 runs.
India went on to break many records at the time when two of their batting stalwarts displayed a phenomenal show against Sri Lanka during the 1999 World Cup. Following an early wicket, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid went on to create a record 318-run stand at the time. Dravid paced his innings well from the start with Ganguly playing second-fiddle. Dravid went on to score his highest ODI score of 153 before being dismissed. Ganguly took the team further with a record 183 runs, the highest by an Indian at a World Cup. He hit 17 boundaries and 7 staggering sixes. India went on to beat Sri Lanka by 157 runs.
Undoubtedly, one of the most memorable team innings in the history of cricket was Windies finest display of batting in their match against Zimbabwe at the ongoing 2015 World Cup. Following the wicket of Dwayne Smith at a team total of zero, Windies explosive batsman Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels took the opposition bowling apart. Samuels scored a well supporting 133 in his contribution to the highest partnership for any wicket in cricket history. But it was, the exceptional Chris Gayle who etched his name in the history books becoming the first batsman ever to score a double century in a World Cup. He went on to score 215 - the third highest ODI score ever - in 147 balls with 10 fours and a record 16 sixes before he was dismissed on the last ball of the innings. West Indies bowled out Zimbabwe fro 289 runs and won by 73 runs.
Indian opener Virender Sehwag was the stand out performer in yet another World Cup game when India took on Bangladesh in the 2011 World Cup. The opener scored a rapid 175 runs off 140 balls hitting 14 fours and 5 sixes. Another star batsman, Virat Kohli proved to be a vital supporting role scoring a century off 83 balls. The Indian bowlers completed the task as Bangladesh scored 283/9. India went on to win the match by 87 runs.
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As a build-up to the upcoming World Cup, we take you back to previous editions of the most prestigious cricket tournament. Today, we look at some of the highest team totals in World Cups in the past