Chinnaswamy Stadium has been a sporting venue traditionally. It maintains a fair win-loss record of 12 wins and 12 losses out of the 22 matches it has a hosted on this soil so far, clearly indicating that it’s a result oriented venue. The crowd gets to enjoy good five days of cricket on most occasions and the teams leave satisfied after a hearty display of cricket.
That being said, the venue has also witnessed entertaining chases in the past given the fact the games are mostly well-contested. It has been on only four occasions where the teams have successfully chased down a target at this venue. Ironically, the two competing teams today – India and Australia – are the only teams who have successfully nailed targets at this venue in the past with India achieving wins in such fashion three times while Australia doing it once.
India v New Zealand, October 1995:
The low-scoring fixture saw India clinch a simple 8 wicket win inside three days. New Zealand had a very demoralising start to their tour as they succumbed to scores of 145 in the first innings of the opening Test this venue. The decision to bat first turned out to be sour as local boys Anil Kumble (4/39) and Javagal Srinath (3/24) shared 7 wickets between them to run riot on day one.
Later, the fast bowling trio of Danny Morrison, Chris Cairns and Dion Nash struck at regular intervals to challenge India. The hosts, however, still managed to scrape 83 runs lead with the help of half –centuries from Ajay Jadeja and Mohammad Azharuddin. The visitors improved in the 3rd innings but still managed just 233 before getting all out to set a 151 run target India, watchful of the Kiwi pace attack, made sure they overhauled the target without letting opposition getting a sniff of any opportunity. Ajay Jadeja was once again at the helm of the batting affair with a pacy 73 runs knock as India chased down the target pretty easily.
India v Australia, March 1998:
Mark Kasprowicz’s match-turning spell of 5/28 in the 3rd innings transformed the 3rd Test of the 1998 Border-Gavaskar series from a possible high-scoring draw to a wonderful fourth innings chase. He first two and half days belonged to the batsmen. India, after choosing to bat first, racked up 424 with the help of Sachin Tendulkar’s solid 177. The Australian’s gave a firm reply.
Led by Mark Waugh’s unbeaten 153, they went to put up 400 in reply, conceding just a small 24 runs advantage to the hosts. By the end of day three, India was safely seated at 99/3. However, the following day turned out to highly exciting as Kasprowicz’s, the right arm seamer, got into action and took apart the Indian middle order and lower order to bundle out India for just 169. Australia needed just 194 runs to win as a result. The Indians could not create any huge upset as the visitors chased the required runs very easily with the help of skipper Mark Taylor’s 102.
India v Australia, October 2010:
12 years later, both teams played against each other in somewhat similar fashion but in a role reversal mode. India’s comprehensive 7 wicket win in the 2nd Test of 2010 Border- Gavaskar was highlighted by Sachin Tendulkar’s century, Murali Vijay’s century and Australia’s batting lapse in the third innings, similar to what India faced at the same venue when the nations played in 1998. Led Marcus North’s 128, Australia showed a solid batting display after winning the toss and put up 478 on the board.
India, in response, posted 495 with the help of Murali Vijay’s 139 and Sachin Tendulkar’s 214. The game looked like heading towards a draw when Australia came out to bat on day four. But, the Indian bowling attack swung into action and restricted the visitors for just 223. The collective effort of Pragyan Ojha (3/57), Harbhajan Singh (3/41) and S Sreesanth (2/48) triggered a middle-order collapse from which Australia never recovered. Thanks to the super show from the bowlers, India were required to chase 207 runs to win on the final day which they easily achieved riding on Cheteshwar Pujara’s 72.
India v New Zealand, September 2012:
The most recent successful chase at the venue came in 2012 when New Zealand succumbed to a 5 wicket loss. India registered the highest successful chase at this venue by overhauling the challenging 261 runs target set by New Zealand. Virat Kohli (51) and Cheteshwar Pujara (48) were the architects of the memorable chase. The Blackcaps looked in great form on the opening day of the 2nd Test.
A century from Ross Taylor (113) and fifties from opener Martin Guptill (53) and Kruger Van Wyk (71) set the platform for New Zealand to post a respectable first innings total of 365. The visitors followed up with an appreciable bowling show which saw India bundle out for 353 and fell short of their total by 12 runs. But, unfortunately, the visitors failed to gain a strong upper hand as they messed up their chances to winning the game with below par batting performance. Ravichandran Ashwin snapped 5/69 to restrict them for 248 and set India a target of 261 runs.