Record list : Successful 4th Innings chases

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Chanderpaul was man of the match at Port of Spain. The pitch gets rough, the balls keep low. the bowlers are dominating & batsmen are tired of chasing leather all around the park..

In those situations, in test cricket, its very tough for a team to bat last (4th innings) of a test match and overhaul a huge total. Over 2000 test matches so far, only four teams have went on to chase a total of over 400 to win the game. The record, of course, remains with West Indies who scored mammoth 418 for 7 wickets at St Johns in May 2003.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul & Ramnaresh Sarwan scored centuries whereas Brain Lara made crucial fifty to lift his teams moral. I must also mention that the pitch at Antigua ground had not changed much over the course of that game and Windies had plenty of time to chase down the target (their 4th innings started on day 3). and, boundaries were not as big either! that said, it was a marathon batting display by the home team and Aussies just couldn't stop the bleeding despite Mathew Hayden and Glenn McGrath indulging in ugly arguments with Brian Lara and Ramnaresh Sarwarn respectively!

In last decade, at Perth, Proteas chased down the second highest 4th innings target thanks to centuries from captain Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers.

Following list of highest totals ever chased in test match cricket, above 300, has Australia 8 times, India twice, West Indies 5 times and England few times but none recently!

Highest 4th innings chases in test matches, ever.
Team Target Overs Versus Venue Date
West Indies 418/7 128.5 Australia Antigua May 2003
South Africa 414/4 119.2 Australia Perth Dec 2008
India 406/4 147.0 West Indies Trinidad Apr 1976
Australia 404/3 114.1 England Leeds Jul 1948
India 387/4 98.3 England Chennai Dec 2008
Australia 369/6 113.5 Pakistan Hobart Nov 1999
Australia 362/7 101.0 West Indies Guyana Mar 1978
Sri Lanka 352/9 113.3 South Africa Colombo Aug 2006
West Indies 348/5 68.0x8 New Zealand Auckland Feb 1969
West Indies 344/1 66.1 England Lord's Jun 1984
Australia 342/8 87.2x8 India Perth Dec 1977
South Africa 340/5 104.5 Australia Durban Mar 2002
Australia 336/5 123.6x8 South Africa Durban Jan 1950
Australia 334/6 79.1 South Africa Cape Town Mar 2002
England 332/7 159.5 Australia Melbourne Dec 1928
Sri Lanka 326/7 113.5 Zimbabwe Colombo Jan 1998
New Zealand 324/5 107.0 Pakistan C'church Feb 1994
West Indies 317/2 93.1 Pakistan Guyana Mar 1958
New Zealand 317/7 137.5 Bangladesh C'gong Oct 2008
Australia 315/6 134.0 England Adelaide Jan 1902
Pakistan 315/9 106.1 Australia Karachi Sep 1994
England 315/4 73.2 Australia Leeds Aug 2001
West Indies 311/9 120.1 Australia Barbados Mar 1999
Australia 310/8 86.5 South Africa Jo'burg Nov 2011
England 307/6 146.4 New Zealand C'chruch Feb 1997
West Indies 307/7 107.7 Bangladesh Fatullah Apr 2006
Pakistan 302/5 57.3 Sri Lanka Sharjah Jan 2014
England 298/4 88.1 Australia Melbourne Mar 1895

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