The first Test between India and New Zealand at Kanpur witnessed a meek surrender by the visitors capitulate for a score of 236 while chasing a mammoth target of 434, thereby handing the Indians a 197-run victory. On a turning pitch, Ravichandran Ashwin & Co cut short the Blackcaps’ pursuit by dismissing them in the 2nd session of Day 5.
Teams batting fourth during Tests in India, however, have not always failed to pull off a chase. In fact, there have been quite a few instances when targets between 250 and 400 have been brought down by the batting side with the home team having done it on most occasions.
Let’s take a look at the top 5 chases that have been carried out on Indian soil in Tests:
5) 262 for 5 – India vs New Zealand at Bangalore, 2012
New Zealand played a 2-Test series the last time they came touring to India back in the year 2012. While the Indians handed the visitors a sound thrashing by an innings and 115 runs in the first Test at Hyderabad, the Kiwis bounced back well and gave India a competitive target of 261 in the 2nd Test at Bangalore.
A solid 77-run partnership at the top of the order between Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir set the platform for India’s chase. When both of them were dismissed in quick succession with the hosts at 83 for 2, Sachin Tendulkar and Cheteshwar Pujara added 69 for the 3rd wicket to put the innings back on track.
However, New Zealand piled on the pressure by getting wickets of Tendulkar, Pujara and Suresh Raina within the space of just 14 runs. MS Dhoni joined Virat Kohli at the crease and the duo put together quick runs to tilt the momentum in India’s favour.
An unbeaten 96-run stand between Kohli and Dhoni ensured that the Indian team achieved victory by 5 wickets and took the series 2-0.