Highest successful run chases in Test cricket
Updated - Dec 17, 2014 5:23 pm
Highest successful run chases in Test cricket: While India narrowly missed a chance to enter the history books after getting really close to chasing a mammoth target of 364 in the fourth innings on a fifth day pitch at Adelaide against Australia that proved to be Nathan Lyon’s paradise. Many teams have defied all odds to chase down totals in test matches, some of which would still seem improbable. Facing the ruthlessness of a deteriorating pitch and deadly conditions for batting, there have been players who have come out with flying colours out of the litmus test for any cricketer.
West Indies, as every cricket fan would know, were the kings of cricket till their golden era ended and rightfully, they make it thrice into the top 10 of the highest successful run chases in a test match. Australia follow suit with the same number and then comes, the Asian giants India with two. South Africa and Sri Lanka are the two other members in this enviable list that has been carefully compiled by Cricket Tracker:
Here are the Top 10 Highest successful run chases in Test cricket:
10. West Indies 348/5
New Zealand v West Indies, Auckland (27th February- 3rd March 1969)
This test match played during the early summer of 1969 between the Kiwis and the West Indians, was a 4 day test match with each over having 8 balls, as per the rules in that time. Bev Congdon and Bruce Taylor got the Kiwis to 323 in the first innings and the Kiwi bowlers bowled their opposition out for just 276 with Joey Carew making a century. New Zealand then scored 297 in the second innings before declaring and setting their opposition, a seemingly impossible target of 348 that was miraculously chased by the West Indies because of a fantastic knock of 164 by Seymour Nurse.