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Imtiazk
April 11, 2006, 12:57 PM
The list below reproduces the highest fourth innings' totals to win a test.

Note, in the sub-continent, the highest is

326/5 Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe at Colombo 1997/98
the next highest,

315/9 Pakistan vs Australia at Karachi 1994/95 [ a match Shane Warne may be familiar with for different reasons ! ]

In fact, these are the only two 300+ scores in the last innings' to win a test match in the Indian sub-continent.

The highest to draw a test in the sub-continent is 364/6 India vs Pakistan at Delhi in 1979/80.

So, tomorrow, if we manage a lead of 350, we are in historical territory, insofar as sub-continental grounds are concerned. In fact, if we score just another 44, Australia has to break some kind of record to win.

Match won
418-7 (set 418) West Indies v Australia St John's (http://www.cricinfo.com/westindies/content/ground/59495.html) 2002/03 (http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2002-03/AUS_IN_WI/SCORECARDS/AUS_WI_T4_09-13MAY2003.html)
406-4 (set 403) India v West Indies Port of Spain (http://www.cricinfo.com/westindies/content/ground/59475.html) 1975/76 (http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1970S/1975-76/IND_IN_WI/IND_WI_T3_07-12APR1976.html)
404-3 (set 404) Australia v England Leeds (http://www.cricinfo.com/england/content/ground/57092.html) 1948 (http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1940S/1948/AUS_IN_ENG/AUS_ENG_T4_22-27JUL1948.html)
369-6 (set 369) Australia v Pakistan Hobart (http://www.cricinfo.com/australia/content/ground/56407.html) 1999/00 (http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1999-2000/PAK_IN_AUS/SCORECARDS/PAK_AUS_T2_18-22NOV1999.html)
362-7 (set 359) Australia v West Indies Georgetown (http://www.cricinfo.com/westindies/content/ground/59447.html) 1977/78 (http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1970S/1977-78/AUS_IN_WI/AUS_WI_T3_31MAR-05APR1978.html)
348-5 (set 345) West Indies v New Zealand Auckland (http://www.cricinfo.com/newzealand/content/ground/58792.html) 1968/69 (http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1960S/1968-69/WI_IN_NZ/WI_NZ_T1_27FEB-03MAR1969.html)
344-1 (set 342) West Indies v England Lord's (http://www.cricinfo.com/england/content/ground/57129.html) 1984 (http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1980S/1984/WI_IN_ENG/WI_ENG_T2_28JUN-03JUL1984.html)
342-8 (set 339) Australia v India Perth (http://www.cricinfo.com/australia/content/ground/56490.html) 1977/78 (http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1970S/1977-78/IND_IN_AUS/IND_AUS_T2_16-21DEC1977.html)
340-5 (set 335) South Africa v Australia Durban (http://www.cricinfo.com/southafrica/content/ground/59089.html) 2001/02 (http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2001-02/AUS_IN_RSA/SCORECARDS/AUS_RSA_T3_15-19MAR2002.html)
336-5 (set 336) Australia v South Africa Durban (http://www.cricinfo.com/southafrica/content/ground/59089.html) 1949/50 (http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1940S/1949-50/AUS_IN_RSA/AUS_RSA_T3_20-24JAN1950.html)
334-6 (set 331) Australia v South Africa Cape Town (http://www.cricinfo.com/southafrica/content/ground/59068.html) 2001/02 (http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2001-02/AUS_IN_RSA/SCORECARDS/AUS_RSA_T2_08-12MAR2002.html)
332-7 (set 332) England v Australia Melbourne (http://www.cricinfo.com/australia/content/ground/56441.html) 1928/29 (http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1920S/1928-29/ENG_IN_AUS/ENG_AUS_T3_29DEC1928-05JAN1929.html)
326-5 (set 326) Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe Colombo (SSC) (http://www.cricinfo.com/srilanka/content/ground/59308.html) 1997/98 (http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1997-98/ZIM_IN_SL/ZIM_SL_T2_14-18JAN1998.html)
324-5 (set 324) New Zealand v Pakistan Christchurch (http://www.cricinfo.com/newzealand/content/ground/58812.html) 1993/94 (http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1993-94/PAK_IN_NZ/PAK_NZ_T3_24-28FEB1994.html)
317-2 (set 317) West Indies v Pakistan Georgetown (http://www.cricinfo.com/westindies/content/ground/59447.html) 1957/58 (http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1950S/1957-58/PAK_IN_WI/PAK_WI_T4_13-19MAR1958.html)
315-6 (set 315) Australia v England Adelaide (http://www.cricinfo.com/australia/content/ground/56293.html) 1901/02 (http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1900S/1901-02/ENG_IN_AUS/ENG_AUS_T3_17-23JAN1902.html)
315-9 (set 314) Pakistan v Australia Karachi (http://www.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/ground/58956.html) 1994/95 (http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1994-95/AUS_IN_PAK/AUS_PAK_T1_28SEP-02OCT1994.html)
315-4 (set 315) England v Australia Leeds (http://www.cricinfo.com/england/content/ground/57092.html) 2001 (http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2001/AUS_IN_ENG/SCORECARDS/AUS_ENG_T4_16-20AUG2001.html)
311-9 (set 308) West Indies v Australia Bridgetown (http://www.cricinfo.com/westindies/content/ground/59429.html) 1998/99 (http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1998-99/AUS_IN_WI/SCORECARDS/AUS_WI_T3_26-30MAR1999.html)
307-6 (set 305) England v New Zealand Christchurch (http://www.cricinfo.com/newzealand/content/ground/58812.html) 1996/97 (http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1996-97/ENG_IN_NZ/ENG_NZ_T3_14-18FEB1997.html)

Match tied
347 (set 348) India v Australia Chennai (http://www.cricinfo.com/india/content/ground/58008.html) 1986/87 (http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1980S/1986-87/AUS_IN_IND/AUS_IND_T1_18-22SEP1986.html)

Mr-Cricket
April 11, 2006, 01:04 PM
Exactly! But - stating the obvious - this can by no means be taken as a given! Let's not get complacent here - we still have to do the hard yards if we want this win enough! This will really test the determination and the national pride of all of our players - the euphoria these players will feel if they can pull this off will be be immeasurable. Here is something I posted on another thread earlier on:

"I hate it how so many of you guys are so negative. Look, 350 runs, on a deteriorating 4th and 5th day wicket, is not an insubstantial amount! For those of you saying we need "at least" 400 runs to win this - reality check - how many times has that been chased down successfully, in say, the last 10 years, no, in all of cricket history for that matter? "

rudro
April 11, 2006, 01:06 PM
Good stats! Gives me hope!!!!!!!

Rubu
April 11, 2006, 01:16 PM
InshaAllah, we will score much more than 44 and Fatullah will be the test version of cardiff. :)

irteja
April 11, 2006, 01:19 PM
sobai allah allah koren...tomorrow will be a red letter day in the the sports history of our beloved country

Miraz
April 11, 2006, 01:19 PM
So friends be optimistic about our command in this match. With remaining 5 wickets we should score 70 odd run. Rafiq, Mashrafee both failed in the first innings in bat, same in the second innings is unusual according to previous records. If they can chance their arms for 4-5 over, they will score a minimum of 20 odd run each and thats enough. I am hoping for a Bangladesh win...

Mahmood
April 11, 2006, 01:25 PM
This gives me no hope. No one ever scored over 400 in ODI, so when Australia broke that, they were sure to win. We all know what happened.

History means nothing when it comes to Cricket.

sensible
April 11, 2006, 03:29 PM
Stats are just that.....records are made to be broken. What we need to remind ourselves is that one of the teams here is Australia and they are playing against Bangladesh. This is a team that every time they win, it becomes an upset! BD team is not used to the pressure it takes to win against a team like Australia. That was the reason why Pilot missed that stamping chance yesterday. So we need a bit more decisive target, if we want to win.

What the players need to remember is that if they lose this match, that would be just another loss. In fact, no one is going to question it as they have already outplayed themselves. But if they win, that would be a great thing. That's why we need to score some more runs tomorrow and then attack with aggressive field placement. If that costs us the match, so be it. We have nothing to lose at this stage.

billah
April 11, 2006, 03:59 PM
This gives me no hope. No one ever scored over 400 in ODI, so when Australia broke that, they were sure to win. We all know what happened.

Yup, the aussies lost, haha. That gives me hope.

Seriously, 350+ will be very tough for them on that track. Specially, the Aussies were not comfortable even during their most ispired comeback on the third day, wickets fell at regular interval.

Loss of those 5 wickets was not good for us, I understand. But one was a bad lbw decision, the other one was an unfortunate runout. Yet, we have 100+ runs on the board, with 5 more to come. I think, we should reasonably be hopeful.

Rubu
April 11, 2006, 04:09 PM
Where did that tailend of ours disappeared? Remember, in WI our tailenders scored more runs then the top order. Historically, we have been good at scoring runs at the end.

We need to repeat that for one more time.

Bearman
April 11, 2006, 04:12 PM
Great thread.
I cannot believe how pessimistic people are being on this forum. For the people who say records are there to be broken and history is irrelevant... well sure, but the list clearly illustrates how rare getting 300+ to win a Test is.

Of course bangladesh don't have the best bowling attack, but there have been weak teams in the past like Zimbabwe, NZ occasionally, England in the 1990s, why aren't the dozens of occasions when these teams conceded a large 4th innings score if it is so easy?

When you look at it Bangladesh only need to add 30+ runs tomorrow (hopefully they will get more) and Australia will still be under heaps of pressure. Only Nafees, Bashar, Gilchrist and a few other batsman have looked comfortable this match and the pitch is deteriorating, from the 2nd day onwards we know tthat this is not a 'flat track' any 4th innings will be a struggle.

Anyway, good luck Bangladesh from this occasional British visitor to the forum. The whole cricket world wants you to win! Not because we hate Australia but because we love Cricket!;)

Tehsin
April 11, 2006, 04:20 PM
I want to be hopeful but a lot depends on how much we can add to the total. For a team like Austrlia (Lee and Gillespie held Bangladesh off for a long time and they are basically bowlers who can bat once in a while).

A lead of 350 and persistent (nagging line or lenght, incredible turns) owling from Rafique and Ehsanul will get us back on the driving seat.

Wazim
April 11, 2006, 04:27 PM
This is definitely one of the tough pitches to bat on, watching around 6 months of Pakistani cricket. The ball is staying low and the Aussies rarely will play on low bouncers. In Australia, there is Sydney which produces turn, but not the same degree of bounce. Meanwhile, they just came from South Africa where the ball was moving more sideways and at their noses.

Relax, Bangladesh got this in the bag, the Aussies will not survive a low bouncing turner. That is Punters one weakness and anyway for Aussies to win this will because of Ricky Ponting.