The Indian team made history by winning the fourth Test match by 3 wickets in Brisbane’s Gaba on Tuesday. Australia gave India a target of 328 runs in this match, which the visiting team achieved in 97 overs on the last day.
With this victory, the Indian team also retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy which they had achieved with the previous series win. For Team India, this victory also matters more because it was suffering from injury of many star players.
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Australia won the toss and scored 369 runs in their first innings, after which India were all out for 336 runs in the first innings. After this, Mohammad Siraj and Shardul Thakur finished Australia’s second innings for 294 runs, giving Team India a target of 328 runs to win. India achieved the target with the help of strong innings of Shubman Gill (91), wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant (89 *) and Cheteshwar Pujara (56) and also hoisted the tricolor at Brisbane. Australia’s Pacer Pat Cummins took 4 wickets in the second innings.
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Pant is frozen, the hero of victory
Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant remained frozen at one end and stole the victory. He returned unbeaten after scoring 89 runs. Pant, batting at number 5, hit 9 fours and 1 six in his unbeaten innings of 138 balls. Apart from him, Pujara scored 56 and opener Shubman Gill played a strong innings of 91 runs. Captain Ajinkya Rahane returned with 24 and Washington Sundar 22 runs. For Australia, Pacer Pat Cummins took 4 wickets for 55 runs, besides Nathan Lyon got 2 and Josh Hazlewood got one wicket.
Pujara and Pant raised hope
Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant raised hopes and added 61 runs for the fourth wicket. Pujara was also hunted by Cummins who returned to the pavilion on the second ball of the 81st over of the innings. He scored 56 runs in his long innings of 211 balls with the help of 7 fours and 1 six.
Gill missed the century
Opener Shubman Gill missed his maiden Test century but his charming half-century knock helped India score 183 for three at the break on day 5. Gill batted brilliantly and played a brilliant innings of 91 runs. India also lost the wicket of captain Ajinkya Rahane (24) in addition to them in the second season.
Pujara and Gill’s century partnership
Gill and Pujara shared a 114-run partnership for the second wicket after Rohit Sharma (7) was dismissed early in the morning. Pujara’s contribution in this was 26 runs. During this time, Pujara kept the wicket, while Gill took the run.
Gill showed amazing
Shubman Gill of Punjab appeared in full flow and did not spare any loose ball. The 21-year-old batsman effortlessly cut and drives and some short pitch balls, beautiful pull shots. He also sent Mitchell Starc’s bouncer for six runs at the backward point after completing his second half-century.
Pujara’s first four off 103rd ball
After lunch, Cheteshwar Pujara hit his first fours in the face of the 103rd ball but it was Gill who continued his fluent batting. His target again was Stark, whose short pitch, after sending the ball for a six, hit Gill for the next three balls. While India were waiting for a fascinating century, Nathan Lyon, playing his 100th Test match, caught Steve Smith in the slip in an attempt to drive the ball out of the stumps. Gill played 146 balls and hit eight fours and two sixes.
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Pujara constantly harassed
Pujara was consistently bowled short pitched balls by Australian bowlers, some of which he also suffered on his body. Against them, Australia also resorted to DRS twice for leg before but it did not succeed on both occasions. Pujara was also hunted by Cummins who returned to the pavilion on the second ball of the 81st over of the innings.
Cummins ends Rahane’s innings
Rahane batted positively. He also hit a six in the midwicket area over Lyon, but he gave an easy catch behind the wicket in the resumption of ‘shot khelun ya na khelun’ from Pat Cummins. The captain contributed 24 runs off 22 balls. The pitch looked favorable for batting but it also provided uneven bounce, which led India to be cautious.
In the morning India started to play four without loss but Pat Cummins drove Rohit to the beautiful ball. The ball took the edge of his bat and went to the first slip, which wicketkeeper Tim Paine dived and handed it to his gloves. In the morning session, Leon adopted a strategy of not having a close fielder in the off side which was also criticized by Shane Warne. Apart from this, Australia kept aggressive fielding for most of the season. (Input from agency)
Indian camp after winning Gaba Test