There have been a lot of matches where the bat has done the talking for both teams. The match with the highest aggregate runs scored was the famous ODI series decider in 2006 between Australia and South Africa. It was the first time when 400 runs were scored and in the second when South Africa chased down the total on the penultimate ball of the series a total of 872 runs were scored. The match still holds the record for most runs scored in an ODI match. But do you know which match holds the record for most runs scored when both teams lost 10 wickets?
Afghanistan vs Ireland, 2017
In 2017, when Afghanistan used to play their home games in India, Ireland toured India to play a three-match T20I series followed by a five-match ODI series. The Afghanistan team’s matches were played in the Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground. In the second ODI, both Afghanistan and Irish batters scored heaps of runs while losing all 10 wickets. Below is the summary of the match.
Afghanistan bats first
Afghanistan’s skipper, Asghar Afghan won the toss and elected to bat first. Opening the innings, Mohammad Shahzad and Noor Ali Zadran shared a 90-run stand. It was wicketkeeper Shahzad who did the bulk of the scoring. The wicketkeeper scored 63 runs in just 43 balls hitting 12 fours at a strike rate of 146.51. He was dismissed by spinner, George Dockrell in the 15th over. Zadran was dismissed in the following over via a runout.
Rahmat Shah and Asghar Afghan then shared a 96-run stand for the third wicket. Just like the opening stand, this stand was dominated by one player too. During the stand, Rahmat scored 64 runs. Dockrell picked up his second wicket by dismissing Rahmat. Rahmat scored 68 runs in 70 balls hitting five fours and two sixes. Afghan carried on playing and scored a century. Afghan after sharing some useful stands with Samiullah Shinwari and Mohammad Nabi was dismissed after scoring 101 runs in 90 balls hitting six fours and sixes each. Paul Stirling picked up six wickets including the scalps of Shinwari, Nabi, Shafiqullah, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan and Dawlat Zadran. Dawlat was the last wicket to fall on the last ball of the innings as Afghanistan scored 338 runs.
Ireland put up a fight
Openers Ed Joyce and Paul Stirling gave a great start to the chase. The openers scored 59 runs without losing any wickets. They brought the 100-run partnership in just 15.3 overs as they looked on par to chase down the total. Joyce completed his half-century in 56 balls while Stirling completed his fifty in just 48 balls. Gulbadin Naib took the first wicket for Afghanistan breaking the century stand by dismissing Joyce in the 19th over.
Stirling looked set to score yet another century as he shared a great partnership with skipper William Porterfield. Stirling was dismissed by Rashid Khan after having scored 95 runs in just 80 balls. Stirling smashed nine fours and five sixes as he missed out on a century by just five runs. Rashid then went on to pick two more wickets in quick succession to make a dent into Ireland’s chase. Porterfield and Niall O’Brien were his next two scalps.
Gary Wilson and Stuart Thompson then shared a 50-run stand but the Afghan bowlers led by Rashid and supported by Dawlat Zadran never let the Irish batters look in control for the chase. Dawlat dismissed Andy Balbirnie, Thompson and Tim Murtagh while Rashid picked up another three wickets dismissing Wilson, Andy McBrine and taking the final wicket of Peter Chase. Ireland was bowled out for 304 runs. 642 runs were scored in the match which is the record for the most runs scored in an ODI match where both teams lost 10 wickets.