India is set to make 209 to win the first Test at Nottingham. Rain is also likely to affect play on the 5th day, although they have already made 52/1
First we look at all of India’s performances in the 4th innings in England (50 and above):
India did chase 73 to win in 2007, which enabled India to win the series.
Their only higher winning totals are 136/5 (Lord’s, 1986) and 174/6 (Oval, 1971).
That 174/6 gave India its first victory in England, and still remains their best successful chase in England.
We also look at all winning 4th-innings scores by visiting teams in England above 50:
Some famous victories here, such as Australia’s win against a declaration at Leeds in 1948.
At Nottingham, the highest winning scores by visitors are:
209/8 by WI in 1980 (This was the only result of the 5-Test series).
158/3 by Aus in 2001
132/6 by Aus in 1981
115/1 by WI in 1991
103/0 by WI in 1950 (The year of Ramadhin and Valentine).
98/2 by Aus in 1948
77/2 by NZ in 1986
73/3 by Ind in 2007 (The only result of the series).
It is significant that India will have to equal the existing record of 209 at Nottingham if they are to win. The only positive note is that they are already almost a quarter of the way there with only one wicket down.
UPDATE: Rain prevented any play on the 5th day. The match was drawn.
India winning a Test in England is a rare event. They won their first Test there in 1971, 39 years after the first such contest. There have been only seven victories until now.
India has won twice at Lord’s, twice at Leeds and twice at Nottingham besides once at the Oval. The 2018 win was India’s only win of the series. A look at the scorecard shows that it was truly a team effort with several different players making important contributions: