India pulled off a record run-chase in a thrilling final session to hand Australia their 1st defeat at Brisbane’s Gabba ground since 1988 and clinch the 4-Test series 2-1.
Rishabh Pant, The Wicketkeeper batsman starred with a stunning 89 not out as the injury-depleted visitors overhauled the 328-run target with 3 overs to go, winning by 3 wickets, The pacer Mohammad Siraj also contributed his part for winning the Gabba Test as he took 5 wickets.
India’s 329 for 7 also smashed the 69-year-old record for the biggest run-chase at the Gabba, set by Australia who scored 236 for 7 to beat the West Indies in 1951.
Australia had not been beaten at the Gabba since falling to Viv Richards’ all-conquering West Indies side by 9 wickets in November 1988.
The series win was a remarkable achievement considering India were bowled out for their lowest Test score of 36 to lose the first Test in Adelaide, before bouncing back to win the second in Melbourne, The visitors, ravaged by injuries and captain Virat Kohli’s absence for paternity leave, then batted throughout the final day to draw the 3rd Test in Sydney.
The Indian stand in skipper Ajinkya Rahane said that “It really means a lot to us. I don’t know how to describe this victory but I’m really proud of all the boys,” adding that“They showed character, attitude, especially after the Adelaide Test match. We decided we’re going to fight really hard… and we just wanted to give our best.”
Rishabh Pant bagged the Man-of-the-match award, who played a similar innings in the drawn Sydney Test, blasted his 89 from 138 balls with 9 fours and a six.
Pant’s innings followed an equally impressive knock from 21-year-old Shubman Gill, who made 91 at the top of the order earlier in the day.
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