IND vs ENG 4th Test – Kennington Oval run chase record: Aiming to take an unassailable 2-0 lead at Kennington Oval, India set a mammoth 368-run target for Joe Root’s England. Virat Kohli & Co put up a 466-run 2nd innings total with Rohit Sharma scoring a century beside half-centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thakur. At Day 4 stumps, England were 77/0, still needing 291 to win on the final day. But has any team ever chased down 368 at the Oval? Let’s find out.
The wicket has looked flatter and flatter as the match has progressed. After India dominated with the bat on Day 4, England bounced with openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed putting up an unbeaten 77-run stand. However, if England are to chase down the target, it has to be a record-breaking chase.
IND vs ENG 4th Test – Kennington Oval run chase record: The last time, a successful chase happened, it was back in 1902 and the score was only 263 when England chased down the total against Australia. Since then. the highest successful chase is only 148 in 2010. Pakistan achieved the target by losing 6 wickets.
IND vs ENG 4th Test: India set 368-run target for Joe Root’s England; Check highest successful run chase at Oval
IND vs ENG 4th Test – Kennington Oval run chase record: That will put India in good stead despite England off to a flying start in the 2nd innings. In the last five Test matches at Kennington Oval, the bowling side has won thrice with only a draw apart from the successful chase of Pakistan in 2010.
IND vs ENG 4th Test: 5 things India need to do to win the match
- Ravinder Jadeja will play a key role on Day 5 with the roughs helping him turn the ball.
- He has bowled inconsistent lines and length on Day 4. He has to be consistent.
- Four seamers will have to chip in. All have had an off day in the afternoon session on Day 4.
- Ravichandran Ashwin is a big miss but in his absence, the seamers will have to play the supportive role.
- Umesh Yadav is one experienced bowler, bowling in similar condition and his line and length could be crucial.
- Utilising the first hours is the other important aspect. Although the pitch has no help for the seamers, Indian seamers will need to utilise the cloud cover on Day 5 and get the opening pairs out before they settle in.
- Joe Root: The key to winning the Test is Joe Root. If India get him out quickly, India will move one step closer to victory.