Kings of the fourth-innings chase (Revised-Sep 2021)-Pt 1

The fourth-innings chase is often regarded as the ultimate challenge for a batter. Let us see who have done the best in successful chases.

Most runs: (400+):

GC Smith is the clear leader here. He also has the most centuries (4) and most 50+ scores (10, followed by contemporaries Hayden, Ponting and JL Langer with 7). Also note CG Greenidge’s 214*.

Tendulkar, Dravid and Sehwag have the most runs for India.

Williamson and Karunaratne are the only current players here, with Amla, Cook and Younis from recent years.

Bradman is not here (but when he batted, a fourth innings chase was often not needed by Australia).

Highest scores in these cases (115 and above):

A total of 76 centuries have been scored here.

Only two double centuries, with KR Mayers scoring his on debut. The next highest in recent years was 153* by K Perera in 2019. There are Morris and Bradman in the same Test at Leeds in 1948, which was the only successful 400+ chase until India followed in 1976. (Years later, MA Butcher emulated Bradman’s 173* at Leeds).

The highest from India are not in the above list.

Viswanath (112) and Gavaskar (102) made their centuries in the same match in 1976, while Tendulkar and Laxman have made 103*.

Highest averages (Minimum 15 innings):

These 21 entries are the only ones with 15 or more innings. GC Smith leads here as well, with Ponting close behind.

From the recent past there are Cook and Amla. Tendulkar, Dravid and Sehwag represent India.

Kisrsten and Dravid are among those who did not score a century, although Hutton has a 98*.

We will take up bowling in 4th-innings wins in the next part.

Bangladesh-West Indies Tests-1

The West Indies won the series 2-0 after hard-fought wins in both Tests. Their last visit in 2018 ended in a 2-0 defeat by heavy margins. KC Brathwaite was the captain on both occasions.

A summary of Tests between these countries:

We now look at individual performances, starting with Batting:

Most runs-250 and above:

The most centuries are 4 by Chanderpaul and 3 by Brathwaite. The most 50+ scores are 8 by Shakib (no centuries!) and 7 by Chanderpaul and Tamim.

Tamim, Brathwaite and Shakib have the most runs among current players.

Highest innings scores-100 and more:

While KR Mayers’s 210* on debut was outstanding, it is only the fourth highest score here and the highest score in this series.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 15 innings, all instances):

Current players Brathwaite and Shakib have the highest averages.

Highest strike rates (Minimum 750 balls faced, all instances):

Shakib and Gayle have the highest strike rates, while Tamim has the next highest among current players.

To be continued