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England tour of India - Cricket: 7th occasion of draw chasing over 300 for win

Published: Saturday, December 15, 2001, 23:33 [IST]
 
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Bangalore: Indias second Test draw against England at Ahemdabad was the seventh occasion on which India has held on to a draw while chasing a target of 300 or more runs for victory in the fourth innings. The earlier six occasions are:In 1947 against England at the Oval, chasing 438 for victory India finished on 429 for two.During the 1979/80 series against Pakistan at Delhi, chasing 390 for a win India ended the day on 364 for six.In the 1948/49 series against West Indies at Bombay, India once again narrowly missed victory by ending up on 355 for eight while chasing 361.Against England at Manchester during 1990, India ended up on 343 for six against the requisite 408.Also in 1948/49 against the West Indies but at Calcutta, India reached 325 for three when chasing 421.Chasing 453 against Pakistan at Karachi during the 1989/90 series, India at the draw of stumps finished on 303 for three.India holds the record of achieving the highest target for victory in the fourth innings. India scored 406 for four against the West Indies at Port of Spain requiring 403 runs for a win in the 1975/76 series.India also has figured in a tied Test by equalling the fourth innings target. Required to score 348 runs for an outright victory against Australia at Chennai in the 1986/87 series, India was all out for 348 to record the second tied Test in the history of Test cricket.India has lost five Tests while chasing targets of over 300 in the second innings. They are: In 1977/78 against Australia, India was all out for 445 when chasing 494 at Adelaide.Required to score 547 against England at Manchester in 1959, India was bowled out for 376.Against Australia in the 1967/68 series, India was all out for 355 needing 394 for a win at Brisbane.At Adelaide in 1991/92, India was out for 333 when chasing 371 for win against Australia.Again against Australia in the 1977/78 series at Brisbane India was bowled out for 324 requiring to reach 340.

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Indians prefer a tame draw in second Test
'Captains not warned, it was informal chat'
England's tour of India

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