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Most Unbeaten Centuries In Successful Test Chases

image-lsow7p0mKane Williamson scored his 32nd Test century (X.com)

Chasing a total in the fourth innings of a Test match is considered among the toughest things to achieve in the longest format of the game. But there have been some batters who have managed to outclass the opponents by successfully chasing the target and winning the match for their respective teams. These batters have won games for their teams and hammered centuries while successfully chasing the total. 

Kane Williamson, the greatest Kiwi batter, scored yet another unbeaten century while chasing a total of 266 in the second Test of the South Africa tour of New Zealand, helping his team win the first-ever Test series over South Africa in Test cricket. With this century, he becomes the player with the most unbeaten centuries under his belt while chasing the total successfully in Test cricket. 

While acknowledging this feat of the Kiwi giant, we at OneCricket as presenting the batters with the most unbeaten centuries while chasing the totals successfully. 

Let's have a look at the top four batters with the most unbeaten centuries in successful Test chases.

Kane Williamson - 4 Centuries (New Zealand)

image-lsow6xchKane Williamson (X.com)

When it comes to the longest format of the game, Kane Williamson has taken New Zealand to a whole new level, whether with his leadership skills or with his batting expertise. The Modern-day great has already hammered over 8,600 Test runs with the help of 32 centuries and 33 half-centuries. 

In 98 Tests, Williamson has maintained an insane average of over 55 and is still going with the same intent. Talking about scoring centuries while chasing the targets, Williamson comes first in the ranks with four tons to his name in successful Test chases, one of them being the thrilling contest against Sri Lanka during the last year.

Ricky Ponting - 3 Centuries (Australia)

image-lsow63i8Ricky Ponting (X.com)

One of the greatest captains in the cricketing world, Ricky Ponting is not just famous for his leadership skills but has also made a vigilant impact with his exceptional batting skills. The right-hander has over 13,000 Test runs including 41 centuries and 62 half-centuries. Throughout his Test career, he managed to keep his average well above 50. 

The right-hander, Ricky Ponting was nothing short of an impeccable gun for the Aussies, having won many games for his team with extraordinary performances. When it comes to chasing a total, Ponting has three unbeaten centuries under his belt while successfully chasing the total and winning the game for the country in the longest format of the game.

Graeme Smith - 3 Centuries (South Africa)

image-lsow57mxGraeme Smith (X.com)

The former South African captain, Graeme Smith is the most successful Test captain and the only captain to have led the team in 100 Test matches. With an amazing set of leadership skills, Smith was also the foremost batter of the South African team. In his 117 Test matches, Smith has scored over 9,000 runs with the help of 27 hundreds and 38 half-centuries. 

Throughout his Test career, Smith has maintained an amazing average of over 48 and has contributed to South Africa's success consistently. Talking about having unbeaten centuries in the fourth innings, Smith comes third on the list with three centuries under his belt. One of them came to New Zealand while chasing a total of 234 and the other two came to Birmingham and Cape Town.

Joe Root - 2 Centuries (England)

image-lsow4yw0Joe Root (X.com)

One of the fab-four of the cricket world, Joe Root has been exceptional with his performances in the longest format of the game. There's hardly any part of the world, where Joe Root hasn't scored runs. He has amassed over 11,000 Test runs with the help of 30 centuries and 60 half-centuries, which clearly shows how he has been a match-winner for the England team. 

In the game against India, while chasing a total of 378 runs, Joe Root played an amazing knock of 142 and helped the team seal a comfortable win. At the Lord's Stadium, Root hammered 115 runs against New Zealand while chasing 277 runs and helped England cross the line. With these two unbeaten tons while chasing, he comes fourth on this record.