New Indian heroes breach fortress Gabba
A battered, bruised and blunted Indian team that never gave up - this is how this Indian team will be remembered as, for a very long time.
India chased down 328 runs in the final innings of the fourth Test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy to retain the same 2-1.
This victory also means that Australia has lost its first game at The Gabba in 32 years.
Ind’s new bowling pack does it in the first innings
Two debutants, Washington Sundar and T Natarajan, and a bowler with no Test wickets to his name, Shardul Thakur, took three wickets apiece to restrict Australia to 369 in the first innings.
Wicket!#TeamIndia had to try hard this morning but the hard work has paid off. @imShard removes Australia captain Paine soon after his 50 and once again it is @ImRo45, who takes a clean catch. AUS 311-6 #AUSvIND— BCCI (@BCCI) January 16, 2021
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Sundar, Shardul’s record-breaking partnership
After clinical performances with the ball, this duo brought up a 123-run partnership for the 7th wicket, breaking a 30-year old record for most runs at this position for India at The Gabba.
Siraj gets his maiden fifer
Forced to lead a pace attack in his third Test, Mohammed Siraj rose to the occasion and picked up a well-deserved fifer.
Gill’s 91 sets up India’s chase
Some solid, steady playing from Shubman Gill at the top ensured India a platform for the 328-run chase to take off from. His fine innings came to an end when he fell short of a mere nine runs from what could have been his first Test century.
An outstanding knock from Shubman Gill comes to an end on 91. The elegant batsman misses out on a maiden ton. He batted for 146 balls, hit 8x4, 2x6 and shared a 114-run stand with Pujara. #TeamIndia #AUSvIND— BCCI (@BCCI) January 19, 2021
Played @RealShubmanGill pic.twitter.com/yCjUQiaSDg
The Pant onslaught
An excellent 89* from Pant turned the match around its heels to India’s favour. Keeping his temperament in a nerve-wracking situation ensured he was around to take India home in this crucial game. His 53-run partnership with Sundar provided the team with much-needed confidence that the victory line was simply a leap away.
Battered and bruised, India never gave up. The team held on to every opportunity thrown, with grit, resilience and determination, fighting tooth and nail to emerge victorious. India will cherish this iconic moment for a long time to come now.