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India clinch series, win test against Australia at Gabba in nail-biter

With India still trailing by 100 runs with Cheteshwar Pujara back in the hut, Pant guided India to a thrilling win against Australia

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Sports India clinch series, win test against Australia at Gabba in nail-biter

India created history at the Gabba today, defeating Australia in the 4th Test and ending the host’s 31 Test unbeaten streak in Brisbane. Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar went all guns blazing in the final session to help India chase down the mammoth 326-run target set by Australia.

Wicketkeeper-batsmen Rishabh Pant kept the momentum going for India after Pujara’s dismissal and held his nerve to get the visitors across the line. With the win at Brisbane, India now find themselves within visible distance of reaching the World Test Championships finals scheduled to be held at Lords, England.

A valiant Cheteshwar Pujara stood firm like a wall before a relentless Aussie bowling attack, facing 211 deliveries and scoring 52 runs before being dismissed. The hero of the final chase, however, was Rishabh Pant.

The highlight of the day for India was The Rock Cheteshwar Pujara’s resilience along with youngsters who toyed with Australia’s world-class bowling attack. Towards the end, it was Rishabh Pant who held on to his nerves and guided Ajinkya Rahane & Co. to a thrilling win with a memorable 138-ball 89*.

With India still trailing by 100 runs with Cheteshwar Pujara back in the hut, Pant guided India to a thrilling win against Australia. Instead of playing for the draw, Pant and Washington 17 January got into limited-overs mode to stun the Aussies at Gabba towards the final overs – which has been a fortress for them for the last three decades. It’s for the first time in 32 years that the Australians lost a Test match at The Gabba.

The final day did not start on a good not for Ajinkya Rahane and his men as Pat Cummins struck early to remove Rohit Sharma. Only playing his third Test match, Shubman Gill then took the attack to the opposition with a well-crafted 91. Gill and Pujara brought India back in the game with a brilliant 114-run stand for the second wicket. 

4 remarkable feats by Team India

1. India have come from behind to defeat Australia in a test series in Australia.

2. India have beaten Australia at The Gabba, long considered a stronghold.

3. India have retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and are poised for the ICC Test Championship finals.

4. India have beaten Australia effectively with a second-choice team, shorn of key players including the SCG match winners.

Pant breaks Dhoni’s record at Gabba

Pant became the 7th Indian wicketkeeper-batsman to reach the 1000 Test runs mark. Pant reached the landmark during the final day of the fourth Test against Australia. The left-handed batsman started the match with 976 runs, and he scored 23 runs in the first innings of the match.

Just short of one run to reach the mark, Pant crossed the hurdle during the 2nd innings. Doing so, he also broke MS Dhoni’s record to become the fastest Indian wicketkeeper to register 1000 Test runs.

It took Pant 26 innings to reach the mark, while Dhoni had reached 1000 Test runs in 32 innings. Farokh Engineer (36 innings), Wriddhiman Saha (37 innings), Nayan Mongia (39 innings), Syed Kirmani (45 innings), and Kiran More (50 innings).

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Siddharth Raghuvanshi
Siddharth Raghuvanshi
Editorial Assistant of Sirf News with experience in covering sports and entertainment for Navbharat Times and Network 18's IBN Lokmat

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