The Gabba fortress has been breached and an inexperienced Indian team has chased down 327 to script history and it’s Rishabh Pant, who made an unbeaten 89 off 138 deliveries and delivered the win for India.
36 to Brisbane and a history made by team India. The world witnessed that comeback that fight that win. An Indian cricket team saddled with broken bones and battered bodies showed a never-seen-before zeal to retain the coveted Border-Gavaskar trophy with a historic three-wicket win over Australia in the fourth and final Test here, successfully chasing a 328-run target to seal the four-match series 2-1.
Rishabh Pant slammed an unbeaten 89 runs off 138 deliveries to take the visitors across the finishing line. His heroic T20-like knock consisted of nine fours and a six. The visitors had a slow start to the day, losing the wicket of Rohit Sharma in the early stage. Washington Sundar gave him company with yet another stellar knock under pressure as the duo shared a crucial 53-run stand to take India close to victory. The youngster had earlier scored a half-century in the first innings in his debut Test to change India’s fortunes
With the departure of India’s vice-captain, Shubman Gill took matters into his own hands with a stylish 91-run knock off 146 balls, which consisted of eight fours and two sixes. He was supported by Cheteshwar Pujara, who played a typical Test cricket knock, facing 211 balls and scoring 56 runs. Pujara was heroic in his effort, as he manfully countered several blows to the body and hands to play the sheet-anchor role, crucial for the team’s efforts.
Pant carried on India’s charge towards a historic win in the last hour of the Test, hitting the winning runs with minutes remaining before close of play. Australia had not lost a Test at the Gabba in 32 years before this. The result has the potential to end Tim Paine’s reign as Australia captain having lost back-to-back home series against India.
Words are not enough to describe just what Team India have pulled off in Brisbane.
Imagine this – the Gabba in Brisbane is a venue where Australia had been unbeaten since 1988. The last team to beat the Aussies in their fortress were the West Indies led by Sir Viv Richards.
India did the unimaginable at the Gabba on Tuesday to register a historic three-wicket win against Australia on the fifth day of the series -deciding Test. Chasing an unprecedented total of 328 at the venue, a severely depleted Indian team went past the finishing line with 18 balls to spare on the final day.