Five Test Moments at Chepauk

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After three-and-a-half-year hiatus a test match is to be played at Chepauk stadium, home to two-time Indian Premier League champions, Chennai Super Kings. Having hosted 31 tests, the third most for any stadium in India, Chepauk has seen many memorable cricketing moments, including eight double hundreds, three eight-fors and even a triple century.  Cricket-21 puts together five such memorable moments.

The Second Tied Test Match

(Australia Tour of India, 1st Test at Chennai, Sep 18-22, 1986

Australia 574/7 d  in  170.5 overs and 170/5 d in 49 overs
India 397/10 in 94.2 overs and 347/10 in 86.5 overs

Result: Match Tied)

After over 100 years of test cricket, cricket witnessed just its second tied test match in Chepauk. The MAC, as the stadium is called, looked different in 1986, with the stands huddled close to each other making it a boiling cauldron by the fifth day of the test match between India and Australia.

India had a target to chase 348 to chase in the fourth innings and they went for it. By the last over they needed four runs. Ravi Shastri, who had just scored six sixes in an over the last year, was in the crease in the beginning of the last over. He bounced strike to the #11 batsman, Maninder Singh who was out LBW in the last over.

Viru Sets up Win

(England Tour of India, 1st Test at Chennai, Dec 11-15, 2008

England 316/10 in 128.4 overs and 311/9 d in 105.5 overs
India 241/10 in 69.4 overs and 387/4 in 98.3 overs

Result: India won by 6 wickets )

Sachin Tendulkar finished off what Virender Sehwag started in the beginning of the second innings. India were chasing a mammoth 387, and they needed a swashbuckling start from their openers. Sehwag obliged by scoring a quick 83 from 68 balls. Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh got India home, with the former scoring a century and silencing voices about his ability to finish chases.

Virender Sehwag – Innings Builder during his knock of 85

Dhoni’s Double

(Australia Tour of India, 1st Test at Chennai, Feb 22-26, 2013

Australia 380/10 in 133 overs and 241/10 in 93 overs
India 572/10 in 154.3 overs and 50/2 in 11.3 overs

Result: India won by 8 wickets)

The most recent of the eight double hundreds at Chepauk was by Mahendra Singh Dhoni against Micheal Clarke’s Australian team. The 224 was the highest score at the time for an Indian captain, but now the record is held by Captain Virat Kohli, who also made a century in that game in the first innings.

Kohli also scored a century in an ODI game against South Africa in 2013, so if Kohli can get a hundred in the first innings of the Chennai test he would have gotten three consecutive centuries at Chepauk.

Top five scores by an Indian Captain in a test innings

Sachin Hundred in Vain

(Pakistan Tour of India, 1st Test at Chennai, Jan 28-31, 1999

Pakistan 238/10 in 79.5 overs and 286/10 in 71.2 overs
India 254/10 in 81.1 overs and 258/10 in 95.2 overs

Result: Pakistan won by 12 runs)

After a lot of protests by Hindu groups, the first test between India and Pakistan in 1999 was moved to Chennai from Delhi. Chasing 271 in the final day of the test match, India quickly lost five wickets. The partnership between Mongia and Tendulkar looked like would get to the finish line, but Mongia was caught out with 53 runs to go. Sachin though kept going, despite a back strain. Once he was out, the next three wickets could add only four runs, handing Pakistan a 12 run win.

Sehwag’s Triple

(South Africa Tour of India, 1st Test at Chennai, Mar 26-30, 2008

South Africa 540/10 in 152.5 overs and 331/5 in 109 overs
India 1st innings score – 627/10 in 155.1 overs

Result: Match Drawn)

South Africa had put up 540 runs in their first innings in the 2008 test in Chepauk. Sehwag came out to bat in the third day of the test with such belligerence that the Indians thought a result was possible. Though it is tough to say for sure, it must be the fastest triple century scored in tests (278 balls). Sadly Niel McKenzie was able to get a hundred for himself in the fourth innings clinching a draw for his team.

Highest S/R in triple centuries in tests

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