Not for the first time, a Virat Kohli-inspired India has chased down a seemingly insurmountable target.
Indian batsmen really come into their own when a chase is on the cards, with Kohli and MS Dhoni both averaging over 90 in successful chases.
In the history of ODI cricket, India only has the 6th-best win ratio when chasing (Papua New Guinea has the best, having won two out of their three chases).
In the last decade, Australia has a slightly superior win ratio to India’s (69 wins in 98 matches compared to 94 in 148), but in terms of individual records, there’s no competing with India’s batting line-up.
Could India’s penchant for chasing be due to lax first-innings bowling?
India has an economy rate of 4.78 when bowling first in their ODI history, putting them fourth-highest among the Test nations – a figure that increases to 5.19 (second-highest among the Test nations) in the last decade.
In terms of runs scored when chasing since 2007, India averages 38.20 runs per wicket (second only to Australia’s 38.26) at a run-rate of 5.41 (tied with New Zealand at the top).
In India’s past 50 chases (stretching back to June 2013), they have been set a target of 300+ on 15 occasions, winning four with one match tied.
They have however successfully chased down all 20 of their lowest targets in that time (243 being the highest of that collection).
Biggest successful chases in ODI history
|South Africa||Australia||12 Mar 2006||438/9||49.5||175 (HH Gibbs)|
|South Africa||Australia||5 Oct 2016||372/6||49.2||118 (DA Miller)|
|India||Australia||16 Oct 2013||362/1||43.3||141 (RG Sharma), 100 (V Kohli)|
|India||England||15 Jan 2017||356/7||48.1||122 (V Kohli), 120 (KM Jadhav)|
|India||Australia||30 Oct 2013||351/4||49.3||115 (V Kohli), 100 (S Dhawan)|
|New Zealand||Australia||20 Feb 2007||350/9||49.3||117 (CD McMillan)|
|England||New Zealand||17 Jun 2015||350/3||44.0||113 (EJG Morgan), 100 (JE Root)|
|New Zealand||Australia||18 Feb 2007||340/5||48.4||117 (LRPL Taylor)|
|Australia||England||2 Feb 2011||334/8||49.2||–|
|New Zealand||Australia||10 Dec 2005||332/8||49.0||101 (SB Styris)|
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|Australia||England||2 Feb 2011||334/8||49.2||82 (MJ Clarke)|
|Australia||South Africa||6 Apr 2002||330/7||49.1||92 (RT Ponting)|
|Zimbabwe||New Zealand||25 Oct 2011||329/9||49.5||99 (MN Waller)|
Best of the present-day chasers (Qualification: 30 innings)
|V Kohli (IND)||96||4,823||183||64.30||93.55||17||23|
|AB de Villiers (SA)||93||3,853||136*||56.66||94.25||7||26|
|MS Dhoni (IND)||122||4,090||183*||49.87||82.72||2||28|
|KS Williamson (NZ)||41||1,597||118||45.62||80.05||3||10|
|G Ghambir (IND)||78||3,093||150*||45.48||86.15||6||21|
|MJ Guptill (NZ)||64||2,362||116*||44.56||91.16||6||13|
|S Dhawan (IND)||44||1,815||126||44.26||91.29||5||10|
|LD Chandimal (SL)||45||1,420||111||43.03||76.50||2||10|
|SPD Smith (AUS)||33||1,238||149||42.68||85.37||3||6|
|HM Amla (SA)||56||2,178||129||41.88||83.93||5||12|
N.B. KL Rahul and Ambati Rayudu (both IND) average 102.00 and 98.16 when chasing in their short careers thus far.
Best of the present-day chasers in a winning cause (Qualification: 30 innings)
|MS Dhoni (IND)||63||2,434||183*||97.36||90.38||2||16|
|V Kohli (IND)||60||3,636||183||90.90||97.79||15||15|
|AB de Villiers (SA)||53||2,363||136*||81.48||96.17||5||17|
|SK Raina (IND)||55||1,865||116*||66.60||101.74||2||13|
|MJ Guptill (NZ)||35||1,637||116*||65.48||93.91||5||9|
|EJG Morgan (ENG/IRE)||40||1,537||124*||64.04||91.92||4||8|
|Shakib Al Hasan (BAN)||37||1,099||105*||61.05||86.74||1||6|
|CH Gayle (WI)||61||2,916||133*||58.32||90.81||8||17|
|KP Pietersen (ENG)||30||1,189||130||56.61||86.66||3||5|
|JP Duminy (SA)||37||1,094||79*||54.70||73.32||0||6|
P.S. It is also of interest to note that Kohli has the fourth-highest chasing average in a losing cause (35.33) of all time, behind Michael Bevan, Ab de Villiers and Shiv Chanderpaul.