The art of run chase in ODI cricket was first showed by India at a time when scoring 300 plus run was almost impossible. There was only one power play, which was also played between the first fifteen over. So, unlike today it was not only difficult to score but also a blue dream for a team to chase down the target successfully. For the fans if their team imposed “mammoth” target over their rival that meant it was only an occasional bad day for bowlers and batsman went with hammer and tong throughout the innings. It was a time when if your rival team put a 300 plus target  then you would have to regret and see how your team loses the match, and match was decided even it had been finished.

One historic incident of successful run chase was produced by India on January 18, 1998 at Dhaka. With heavy batting lineup comprised by Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Robin Singh, Ajay Jadeja and Mohammad Azharuddin  India chased down Pakistan’s 315 with five wickets in hand with eleven balls to spare. In the first innings Pakistan batsman Saeed Anwar and Ijaz Ahmed scored their run a ball century hammering toothless Indian bowling attack.

However, since then Indian batsmen gifted their fans many thrilling 300 run chase moments. One of the best and epic was the NatWest trophy final at the Lord’s on July 13, 2002. England put a massive 325 with the help of two centuries from opener Marcus Trescothick and captain Nasser Hussain. The defeat was imminent. Most of the fans back home switched off their Television sets.

         

Captain Sourav Ganguly started the innings well with Virendra Sehwag scored 106 run in 15 over. But England made a strong comeback in the match dragged India down at 146 for 5 at 24th over. So, the story is simple India started off well but suffered a mid-innings collapse and defeat was just a matter of time. But, here comes the twist, a 121 run partnership between Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif not only saved India from the jaws of defeat but also produced the most empathetic chase in the history of ODI cricket.  Since then India chased 300 plus score thirteen times, the highest in the history of ODI cricket.

Let’s check the name of others who made this distinct list:

Matches

Teams

13

India

8

Sri Lanka

7

Australia

4

New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan

3

England, Bangladesh, Ireland

1

Zimbabwe, Canada, Scotland

0

West Indies



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