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Home > Cricket > India's tour of Australia 2007 > Statistics

Stats: Highest fourth innings chases

Rajneesh Gupta | December 28, 2007

No side has ever made 450+ in the fourth innings to win a Test. So, if India manages to win the Melbourne Test, it will be a new world record.

The fact that India has two days to chase down the target can turn out to be the most crucial factor.

India can also take heart from the fact that the highest successful fourth innings chase in Test cricket has also come against Australia.

Highest fourth innings successful chases in Test cricket
Target For Opposition Venue Season Victory Margin
418 West Indies [Images] Australia St John's 2002-03 3 wkts
404 Australia England [Images] Leeds 1948 7 wkts
403 India West Indies Port of Spain 1975-76 6 wkts
369 Australia Pakistan Hobart 1999-00 4 wkts
359 Australia West Indies Georgetown 1977-78 3 wkts
352 Sri Lanka [Images] South Africa Colombo (PSS) 2006 1 wkt

Highest fourth innings successful chases by India
TargetOppositionVenueSeasonVictory Margin
403West IndiesPort-of-Spain1975-766 wkts
264Sri LankaKandy20017 wkts
254AustraliaMumbai BS1964-652 wkts
230AustraliaAdelaide2003-044 wkts
203PakistanDelhi2007-086 wkts
200New Zealand [Images]Dunedin1967-685 wkts

Highest successful fourth innings chases at Melbourne
TargetForVsSeasonVictory Margin
332EnglandAustralia1928-293 wkts
297EnglandAustralia1894-956 wkts
295South AfricaAustralia1952-536 wkts
286AustraliaEngland1928-295 wkts
282EnglandAustralia1907-081 wkt

Just for the reference, the following table lists the all-time largest fourth innings chases in Test cricket:

Highest fourth innings chases in Test history
654-5Englandv South AfricaDurban1938-39Drawn
451New Zealandv EnglandChristchurch2001-02Lost by 98 runs
445Indiav AustraliaAdelaide1977-78Lost by 47 runs
440New Zealandv EnglandNottingham1973Lost by 38 runs
429-8Indiav EnglandThe Oval1979Drawn

...and finally India's performance while chasing a large fourth innings target:
Target Opposition Venue Season Result
607 Pakistan Karachi 2005-06 Lost by 341 runs
568 England Lord's 2002 Lost by 170 runs
548 England Manchester 1959 Lost by 171 runs
543 Australia Nagpur 2004-05 Lost by 342 runs
499 Australia Melbourne 2007-08 To be seen

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