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A rare successful double ton in a chase

No team has successfully chased a higher total in Asia © AFP
4 Targets higher than 395 chased down successfully by sides in the fourth innings. West Indies sit on top of that table when they chased down 418 against Australia in St John’s in 2003.

Highest successful chases in Tests

Team Target Wkts remaining Against Venue Season
West Indies 418 3 Australia St John’s 2003
South Africa 414 6 Australia Perth 2008/09
Australia 404 7 England Leeds 1948
India 403 6 West Indies Port of Spain 1975/76
West Indies 395 3 Bangladesh Chattogram 2020/21
Sri Lanka 388 4 Zimbabwe Colombo (RPS) 1917
India 387 6 England Chennai 2008/09

395 chased down by West Indies is the highest ever by any team in Asia. The previous highest being Sri Lanka’s 388 against Zimbabwe in Colombo RPS in 2017. This was only the third successful 300+ chases by a visiting team in Asia after New Zealand’s chase of 317 in Chattogram in 2008/09 and Australia’s chase of 307 in Fatullah in 2006, both against Bangladesh.

6 Kyle Mayers became only the sixth player to score a double hundred in the fourth innings of a Test. He was the first to do so since Nathan Astle in 2002 and third West Indies player after George Headley and Gordon Greenidge. Before Mayers, Greenidge was the only other player to score 200+ in a successful fourth-innings chase.

Double hundreds in 4th innings

Player Runs For Against Venue Season Result
GA Headley 223 West Indies England Kingston 1929/30 Draw
WJ Edrich 219 England South Africa Durban 1938/39 Draw
SM Gavaskar 221 India England The Oval 1979 Draw
CG Greenidge 214* West Indies England Lord’s 1984 Won
NJ Astle 222 New Zealand England Christchurch 2001/02 Lost
KR Mayers 210* West Indies Bangladesh Chattogram 2020/21 Won
6 Mayers also became the sixth batsman to score a double century on debut and the first to do in the second innings. He became the second West Indies player to do so after Lawrence Rowe, who scored 214 and 100 against New Zealand in Kingston in 1971/72. The previous highest by any player in the second innings on debut was George Headly’s 176 against England in Bridgetown in 1929/30.

Double hundreds on debut

Player Runs For Against Venue Season
RE Foster 287 England Australia Sydney 1903/04
LG Rowe 214 West Indies New Zealand Kingston 1971/72
DSBP Kuruppu 201* Sri Lanka New Zealand Colombo (CCC) 1987
MS Sinclair 214 New Zealand West Indies Wellington 1999/00
JA Rudolph 222* South Africa Bangladesh Chattogram 2003
KR Mayers (WI) 210* West Indies Bangladesh Chattogram 2020/21

216 The stand of 216 between debutants Mayers and Nkrumah Bonner is the second-highest partnership involving two debutants in the history of Test cricket. The only pair to score more is Khalid Ibadullah and Abdul Kadir, who put together 249 for the opening wicket for Pakistan against Australia in Karachi in 1964/65.

171 The first-innings lead of 171 runs conceded by West Indies is the highest ever they have overturned to win a Test. The previous highest being 161 against Australia in Bridgetown in 1998/99, when Brian Lara’s 153* helped them to a one-wicket victory.

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