Cricket Records: Players Who Shinned With The Bat to Save a Test Match

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Cricket Batting Records Test Match – What is a match-saving inning? A match-saving inning is an inning played for the team’s sake and not for any personal records or milestones. The batsman puts his team first in priority and takes the hard way out to help his team to be in a good position.

This inning is played once in a lifetime, and is the innings where the opposition is on top. The bowlers have given the edge to win the test. The opposition bowlers prose some tough questions which the batsmen fail to answer.

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Cricket Batting Records Test Match – But a good batsman is one who answers all the difficult questions and allows the easy one to his teammate. The match saver is the main batsman in the playing eleven who takes the responsibility to take his team out of the complex pit.

That batsman grinds his innings all the way through and in the end, becomes successful in saving the match which earlier looked impossible at one stage. This might probably look like a drawn test match sometimes but one also needs to appreciate the effort of the batsmen who do so much of hard work for the sake of their country/team.

Cricket Batting Records Test Match – Today we will look at such innings where the batsmen were successful in saving the match for their country.

Bruce Mitchell

South Africa was 3-0 down in the 4 match test series against England. To avoid the embarrassment of a 4-0 whitewash, Bruce Mitchell played a match-saving inning which allowed South Africa in drawing that test match. Bruce played a gem of an innings where he took South Africa to a draw, which was so unlikely at one stage. The Proteas needed to see off 140 overs against a strong England team. But, Bruce scored an unbeaten 189 runs that not only saved the match but also took South Africa close to the England score. In the first innings too, Bruce played a magical knock of 120 runs. In the match after, he just took an 8-minute break.

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Cricket Batting Records Test Match

Ricky Pointing

The Aussie captain was the hardest man to get. He was the best batsman when he was in his full flow. The iconic Ashes Test Series which was played in 2005 in England was the best. England won the last match by just 2 runs. After this scare, both the teams met for the 3rd test match. It was a captain’s inning that helped the Aussies to prevail. Ricky Pointing fought a lone battle in their 2nd innings. To chase down the target of 423 runs, Pointing played a giant knock of 156 runs which saved Australia from the blushes. But this was also a tense finish just like the last game. England kept fighting hard and it went on till the last two men of Australia. The numbers 10 and 11, Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath saw the 4 fours off. They both ensured a hard-fought draw for the team and also ensured that their captain’s knock didn’t go in vain.

Alastair Cook

The opener is one player which England hasn’t found till now. Cook was their premiere opener who played some long innings for them. In the Ashes series of 2010 and 2011, Cook played a master class innings that saved England. England was trailing by 221 runs in the first test match against Australia in their 1st innings. The Aussies put England under the barrel, and then, it was Cook’s show that helped England in saving the test match. Alastair Cook played a mammoth knock of 233 runs, first he shared a 189 run stand with skipper Andrew Strauss and then continued his class with Jonathan Trott. He and Trott put on 329 runs that allowed to score 517 runs. Cook played a match-saving knock and ensured that England would be settled for a draw. Alastair Cook batted for 625 minutes to save that test match.

Dennis Amiss – Cricket Batting Records Test Match

England was in trouble against the West Indies. The Windies looked like comfortable winners when England was trailing by 230 runs and lost 5 wickets in their 2nd innings. West Indies wanted to take the match away, but Dennis Amiss didn’t allow that to happen. He played beautifully for 262 runs and ensured that England didn’t lose the game. Amiss’s 262 not out denied the momentum for West Indies. Due to that long inning, England was able to score 432 runs for the loss of 9 wickets. Amiss batted the whole inning to save that test match and spent 570 minutes at the batting crease.

Faf Du Plessis

The Current captain of South Africa didn’t bid adieu in the recent 3 match test series against India. He needed to take inspiration from the innings that he played at the Adelaide Oval against Australia. Faf played a gem of an inning that allowed The Proteas to draw that match. It was the debut series for Faf Du Plessis, where he scored his first century and was unbeaten till the end. He also got support from his senior pros, AB De Villers and Jacques Kallis. De Villers bayed time, he played against his normal style to score just 33. He took 220 balls and there were no boundaries for him. The same approach was applied by Kallis who took 110 deliveries to score his 46 runs. These two helped Faf in securing a hard-fought draw for South Africa. Faf was unbeaten on 110 runs.

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Andy Flower

Any Flower was the greatest wicket-keeper batsmen that Zimbabwe has ever produced. He played many memorable innings for his country, but this knock of 232 runs will remain special for the Zimbabwe fans. He not only saved the test match at Nagpur, but his knock also became the highest score by any wicket-keeper in test matches till now. His team was in deep trouble in this test match. They were tailed by 227 runs and in their 2nd innings, Zimbabwe had already lost 3 wickets for 61 runs when Andy came out to bat on day 2 of the test match. He grinded the innings and was unbeaten after facing 444 balls. Due to his determination, Zimbabwe was saved from a failure in the test match. Andy Flower spent 544 minutes for his unbeaten 232 run knocks.

Mike Atherton – Cricket Batting Records Test Match

England had put their back against the walls when they either had to chase the target or they needed to bat out the 160 overs to gain a hard-fought draw. It was the former England captain Mike Atherton who played a master class knock of 185 not out which allowed England to save that test match. It took 492 balls and 643 minutes for Atherton’s unbelievable innings to shine.

Gautam Gambhir

We all remember Gauti’s innings from the world cup final as well as the T20 world cup final. But what we fail to remember is his innings that saved India from losing in New Zealand. This was the innings that allowed India to win the test series on New Zealand’s soil. This was the only overseas series win under MS Dhoni’s captaincy. New Zealand scored a mammoth score of 619 runs in their first innings. In reply, India was shot for just 305 in their first innings and was asked to follow on. The Indian team looked pretty ordinary on the swinging pitch. But that’s the time when champion players need to step up and put a foot forward and that is what Gauti did. Gautam Gambhir played a memorable knock to seal a hard-fought draw for India. Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid also contributed but they managed only 62 runs and 62 runs respectively. It was GG’s knock of 137 runs that allowed India to save this test match. Gauti batted for nearly 160 overs and spent 643 minutes at the crease.

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Brendon McCullum – Cricket Batting Records Test Match

The Kiwi batsman, Brendon McCullen made use of his drop chances twice in that innings. India was in a dominating position when they had a 246 runs lead. In second New Zealand collapsed to 94 for a score of 5 wickets. That was when McCullum came in and brought the hopes back for the Kiwi fans. He used the opportunities which were presented to him and smashed the first triple ton of his test career. He became the first New Zealand batsman to achieve this feat. From 94 for 5, he took New Zealand to 600 odd runs in their 2nd innings that led the fightback for New Zealand and ensured that they can draw this test match. Baz scored 32 fours and 4 sixes in this landmark knock which lasted for 557 balls.

Hanif Mohammad

The greatest Pakistani opener played the greatest match-saving innings. The opener batted for 970 minutes to save the test match. Pakistan was down and out against the Windies. They were trailed by 413 runs after enforcing a follow on. West Indies looked like they were the comfortable winners but Hanif Mohammad played an inning of a lifetime. He scored 337 runs that took 970 minutes. He single-handedly saved the test match for Pakistan. There is also a short story about the longest innings played by an opening batsman. A West Indian fan who watched this match from the top of a tree later collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. After he gained some consciousness, he asked if is Hanif was still batting? Unfortunately, the answer was yes and hearing that he collapsed again.

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