3 highest successful run chases outside Asia by India in Tests
It was a tiring day at office for the Indian bowlers as they failed to bundle out the opposition on Day 3 of the 4th Test match at Southampton. On a dry pitch, India's premier spinner R Ashwin was unable to weave his magic as he bowled 35 overs against a determined English line up. Expecting him to be the trump card for India, the off-spinner disappointed as he could only pick a solitary wicket of Ben Stokes in the entire day.
With a hefty lead of 233 runs at stumps, England have their noses ahead given India will have to bat fourth on a wicket offering assistance to spin. The visitors will be chasing history as they go out to bat tomorrow after picking up the two wickets to clean the tail.
Considering that Indian batsmen faced a horrid time chasing 194 in the first Test, questions loom whether Kohli and his men can pull off a victory to level the series? It will be a matter of patience and grit against a quality attack.
We take a look at 3 of India's highest fourth innings successful run chases outside Asia.
#3 200 vs New Zealand at Dunedin, Feb 15-20 1968
It was 50 years ago when India, for the very first time chased a target of 200+ outside Asia. Known as a more batsmen-dominated country, it was peculiar to see how Indians faltered in conditions that were meant for their style of batting. However, in that game against New Zealand, Ajit Wadekar was the star who scored runs in both the innings.
Chasing 200 to win, India claimed the target with five wickets in hand. Inspired by a remarkable bowling spell by EAS Prasanna, picking up 6 wickets in his quota of overs in the 3rd innings, India could prevent the Black Caps from going anything big in their 2nd innings. It was the rarest of wins for a side which dominated teams only in its own backyard.