Stats: Highest successful run-chases in Test cricket
Sri Lanka's chase is the highest in the Asian continent.
Updated - Jul 18, 2017 9:22 pm
Sri Lanka were coming into the Test having lost the ODI series to Zimbabwe at home as they failed to defend a total of over 300 more than once. But the home side fought well in the 4th innings to clinch the trophy by recording their highest successful run-chase in Test cricket. Sri Lanka held the upper hand as early as day 3 and it appeared like they would finish the game before stumps but a tremendous fightback from Zimbabwe saw them post 377 runs in the 2nd innings and thus they set a target of 388 runs for the home side to win the game.
The 388-run chase by Sri Lanka now stands in as the 5th in the highest successful run-chases in Test cricket. This is also the highest in the Asian continent, as they went past India’s 387-run chase against England in 2008 at Chennai. All the four top targets were in excess of 400 with Windies’ 418-run chase against Australia in 1993 being the highest till date.
Highest successful run-chases in Test cricket:
|West Indies||418/7||418||Australia||St John’s||9-May-2003|
|India||406/4||403||West Indies||Port of Spain||7-Apr-1976|
|Sri Lanka||391/6||388||Zimbabwe||Colombo (RPS)||14-Jul-2017|
|Sri Lanka||352/9||352||South Africa||Colombo (PSS)||4-Aug-2006|
Sri Lanka began the final day on 170/3 and lost both their overnight batsmen Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews and were reduced to 203/3. However, a century stand between Niroshan Dickwella and Asela Gunaratne took them closer to the target while and unbeaten 67-run partnership by Gunaratne with Dilruwan Perera finished off the game. The home side’s tally of 188 runs after losing their 5th wicket is the 6th highest by any team in a successful run-chase in the format and the highest since 2000.
Most runs scored after losing the 5th wicket in a successful run-chase in Test cricket:
|Team||Score at fall of 5th wicket||Target||Runs||Wickets lost when target chased||Opposition||Venue||Start Date|
|Sri Lanka||137||326||189||5||Zimbabwe||Colombo (SSC)||14-Jan-1998|
|Sri Lanka||203||388||188||6||Zimbabwe||Colombo (RPS)||14-Jul-2017|
(Stats as on July 18, 2017)