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Three times when India chased more than 300 to win against Pakistan

Sachin Arora
ANALYST
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399   //    16 Sep 2018, 17:57 IST

India v Pakistan - ICC Champions Trophy
Indian fans cheering for their team

Chasing more than 300, to win a one day international has always been a difficult task. Even, in modern day ODI cricket, where scoring 300 runs during the first innings is not difficult anymore, it remains a challenge to chase down a score in excess of 300.

In matches, where pressure and stakes are really high, chasing big totals, has always been a difficult proposition.

India-Pakistan is the mother of all battles when it comes to pressure cooker situations. More so, when either of this team is chasing a big score, it is a test of temperament and skill.

For many years, the Indian team was not a good chasing side, but, lately, with the advent of players like Kohli and Dhoni, who are good chasers, India has improved a lot.

Let us take a look at three instances, where Indian team has chased down a target of more than 300 runs against Pakistan.


1998, Independence Cup, Dhaka

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Saurav Ganguly laid the foundation of an Indian win

Pakistan scored 314 runs during the first innings, with the help of centuries from Saeed Anwar and Ijaz Ahmed. It was a curtailed match, 48 overs a side. During those days chasing 300 was considered almost impossible.

India got off to a flying start. Before getting out, Tendulkar scored 41 runs from 26 balls. All-rounder Robin Singh was promoted to number 3, which turned out to be a very good decision as he scored 82 runs from 83 balls.

The real hero of Indian victory was Saurav Ganguly who got a magnificent hundred under pressure. Ganguly scored 124 runs from 138 balls.

Ganguly and Robin Singh were involved in a 179 run partnership for the second wicket. For Pakistan Saqlain Mushtaq took three wickets for 66 runs. Hrishikesh Kanitkar took India home with a boundary over mid-wicket on the penultimate ball of the match.

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Sachin Arora
ANALYST
a chartered accountant, a theatre actor and a former club cricketer who still believes that test cricket is the only form of cricket which will survive the test of time. A keen follower of other sports and Indian athletes. A movie buff and an ardent fan of anybody who acts well which I believe is a rare commodity.
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