Highest successful run chases in Test history

Test cricket has been one of the oldest and most prevalent formats of the sport. Ever since its advent, Test cricket has been home to one of the most legendary games being played. The excitement of the format continues in the form of the ongoing ICC World Test Championship Final, whereby, Australia declared their innings on day 4 of the WTC 2023 final after posting 270/8 on the board. As a result, team India need a mammoth 444 runs to not only win the Test mace but break into the record galore for the highest run chase in the fourth innings of a Test match ever.

So far after losing some early wickets in the last session, a spirited Indian side is fighting it out at The Oval with Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane on the crease, as India finish the day with 164/3 on day 4. This meant that to earn the ultimate glory India need another 280 runs on the last day of the WTC 2023 final.

In the same vein, there have been many run chases that have left the crowd dazzled on several occasions as well. Whether that’d be the West Indies’ heroics against Australia back in 2003 or Don Bradman showcasing his class against England in 1943, with many successful run chases having taken place in the longest format.

Top five successful run chases in Test:

Winning TeamLosing TeamTarget chasedYear
West IndiesAustralia4182003
South AfricaAustralia4142008
IndiaWest Indies4041976
West IndiesBangladesh395395