Video: One Of The Best Chases In The History Of Test Cricket
One of the biggest aspects that define Test cricket is its slowness. With ample time and overs at their disposal, players take as much time as they want to score runs. Very rarely do we see any team scoring at a fast rate and a Test match played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 2014 was one such occasion.
Surprising one and all, the Pakistani team launched a brilliant attack on the Sri Lankan team to chase down an improbable target of 302 runs in only 57.3 overs on the final day of the Test. Their run-rate of 5.25 was the second highest in a successful chase of a 200-plus target.
A draw was looking like the most likely result when the fifth day of the match started.They began the day with a lead of 220 and five second-innings wickets in hand. However, they batted really slowly and could add only 19 runs in the last 16.4 overs. With only 59 overs left in two sessions, no one would have thought that Pakistan, who were trailing the series by 1-0, would go for a win. However, Misbah-ul-Haq’s men surprised everyone and went for the win. They needed 195 runs in the final session and sent Sarfaraz Ahmed at number 5 to up the scoring rate. The decision turned out to be a masterpiece as the wicketkeeper-batsman scored a quickfire 48 to add much-needed impetus to the chase. Azhar Ali, who scored 103, guided the chase brilliantly. Misbah, who scored 67, sealed the deal towards the end as Pakistan registered a memorable victory.
Watch the brilliant chase here:
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