Fourth innings is the last innings played in a Test match. It is the decider innings. The conditions are changed since day 1. The pitch gets rough and the balls keep low. The bowlers are dominating and the batsmen are tired of chasing runs. In this situations it is very difficult for the team to bat the last innings. Here we are listing the top 5 matches in which India scored the highest in 4th innings in England.
5. 282/9 – Lord’s – 19 Jul 2007
This was played at Lord’s, London on 19,20,21,22,23 July 2007. England scored 298 and 282 runs respectively in their 1st and 2n innings. India on the other hand scored only 201 runs in the first innings and had a target of 380 runs. There were no high scorers in the last innings still 4 men scored good runs for the team. MS Dhoni scored the highest runs of 76 and remained not out. Dinesh Karthik scored 60 runs. In the end India scored 282 runs and ended the match in a draw.
4. 343/6 – Manchester – 9 Aug 1990
This fourth highest 4th innings total was achieved at Old Trafford, Manchester on 9,10,11,13,14 August 1990. England scored 519 runs and 320 runs in the 1st and 2nd innings respectively. India on the other hand scored 432 runs in the 1st innings and had to achieve a target of 408 runs in the last innings. Only Sachin Tendulkar was the key player of the innings, he scored 119 runs. Other notable scores were of Snajay Manjrekar (50 runs) and Manoj Prabhakar (67 runs). Still India felt short of 65 runs to win the match, but in the end the match ended in a draw.
3. 376 – Manchester – 23 Jul 1959
This innings took place at Old Trafford, Manchester on 23,24,25,27,28 July 1959. England gave India a target of 548 runs. There were only 3 main starrers of the innings. Abbas Ali Baig (112 runs) and Polly Umrigar (118 runs) were the only to score centuries. Nari Contractor scored a half-century. All other batsmen’s score was less than 30. Unfortunately India lost the match. England won by 171 runs.
2. 397 – Lord’s – 25 Jul 2002
This 2nd highest runs was scored at Lord’s, London on 25,26,27,28,29 July 2002. England gave India 568 runs as a target to win the Test match. This high runs were not brought by an individual player but as a team whole. Most the batsmen scored decent runs and contributed to the huge total. Only Ajit Agarkar scored a ton and remain not out. 3 batsmen scored half-centuries and they were Wasim Jaffer (53 runs), Rahul Dravid (63 runs) and VVS Laxman (74 runs). After all those efforts India was still unable to complete the daunting task of scoring 568 runs and were all out for 397 runs. England won the match by 170 runs.
1. 429/8 – The Oval – 30 Aug 1979
This highest run yielding innings was played at Kennington Oval, London on 30,31 August, 1,3,4 September 1979. India set to bat for the 4th innings to achieve a target of 438 runs. The main starter of the match was Sunil Gavaskar and Chetan Chauhan. They were the openers for Team and India and they scored 213 runs in partnership. Gavaskar alone score 221 runs in the 4th innings. Chauhan scored 80 runs and Dilip Vengsarkar scored 52 runs. All others’ score was below 20. Then match ended in a draw thanks to Gavaskar’s 221 runs and his phenomenal opening partnership with Chauhan.