What’s the deal with fourth-innings run-chases?

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What’s the deal with the fourth-innings run-chase

In the latest episode of the podcast we discuss the recent fourth-innings run-chases in Tests around the world.

Since the start of 2021, there have been 58 instances of teams batting in the fourth innings – of which 27 have ended in victories. England, West Indies, India, and Pakistan have chased tall targets and we explore whether there has been a significant shift in how teams approach the run-chase.

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Talking Points:

  • The recent increase in teams achieving the target in the fourth-innings
  • The high preparedness of bowlers before matches – and the predictable drop in intensity as Tests runs their course
  • Rewind to the 2000s – when more teams chased targets
  • The difficulty of bowling negative in this era – against batsmen with great range
  • The T20 effect on Test chases
  • A thumb-rule for guessing if a team has a chance in the chase – check run-rates
  • India’s historic chase at the Gabba in 2021
  • England’s recent successes in chasing 250-plus targets
  • Will teams start preparing pitches that ease out as the game progresses?
  • Sehwag’s blitz, Sachin’s 136,  Gavaskar’s pristine 90 – and other great chases


Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

Kartikeya Date (@cricketingview)

Mahesh Sethuraman (@cornerd)

Ashoka (@ABVan)



Fourth-innings chases – Kartikeya Date – Cricketingview

Shafique’s epic 160* leads Pakistan to fourth-innings glory – Fidel Fernando – ESPNcricinfo

The Bairoot show in Edgbaston classic – 81allout podcast

England post a record against India – Kartikeya Date – Cricketingview

Has it become easier to chase down stiff targets in Test cricket – S Rajesh ESPNcricinfo

Dravid: ‘We have started Test matches well but haven’t been able to finish well’ – ESPNcricinfo 

Fly Lara Fly – Rahul Bhattacharya – The Cricket Monthly

Clive Lloyd and Bedi rewind to Port-of-Spain in 1976 – YouTube

Gordon Greenidge’s 214* at Lord’s in 1984 – YouTube

Nathan Astle’s 222 of 168 balls – YouTube


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