Wow, you will say, this is great. It means that the One-day game is getting more exciting. Fours, sixes (the works basically) and this is what we what to see.
Well, not exactly especially when you look at the number of times the team batting second has actually crossed 300 in the same games...
As you can see, teams batting second still haven't mastered the art of chasing high scoring games. The result is that the number of teams that win chasing a score of 300 or more is still very low.
(this is a cumulative % and excludes games won on D/L method).
Also, not only do teams batting first (scoring 300 or more) win over 90% of the games, the average margin of victory stands at a staggering 101 runs!
I agree that when teams batting second do win or get close to the target (like the two games between NZ & Aus in December) the games tend to be great, but these games are few and far in between a load of one-sided encounters.
So at half time the 9/1 odds may look favourable, but don't be fooled and bet on the team batting second (not yet anyway).
Sadly, the only people who think that more is not less are the adminstrators who run this game. Bring on more Powerplays, I say, and see the % of 300+ scores shoot through the roof but don't put your money on an exciting game.
Anyway (on a slightly different note), its not all doom and gloom out there, as this suggests.
The number of ODIs being played over the years seems to be finally heading south and I hope its not just a blip...
postscript: Just watching the current Twenty20 game between