IND vs AUS 4th Test Day 4 Highlights: India beat Australia by 3 wickets and seal the series by 2-1
AUS - AUS 369 & 294 (Smith 55, Warner 48, Mohammad Siraj 5/73, Thakur 4/61)
IND - 336 & 328/5 (Shubman Gill 91, Pant 89*; Cummins 4/55, Lyon 2/85)
Shubman Gill and Pujara-inspired India pulled off a thriller against Australia and finally won the match by three wickets in the series-decider final Test played at the Gabba in Brisbane and seize the four-match Test series by 2-1. Chasing a record-breaking total of 328, Ajinkya Rahane led Team India lost the 'Hitman' cheaply on the final day. With these combined team efforts, the two-month-long tour, consisting of three ODIs (won 2-1 by AUS), thee T20Is (won 2-1 by IND), and four Tests (won 2-1 by IND) has been ended in India's favor.
interestingly, under Rahane's captaincy, Team India has never lost a Test and won the match and series after 32 years-long await. Rishabh Pant and Saini take India home safely in the end by hitting splendid strokes down the order.
On Day 5, India needs 324 runs to retain the series while the hosts need 10 wickets. India ended with 4 without loss in their second innings on Monday. Rohit Sharma 4* and Gill was not opened his account at Gabba. Team India resumes the final tour game on 4/0 today, eventually lost their first wicket early at the score of just 18 in the form of Rohit Sharma for 7.
The 21-year-old talented batsman Shubman Gill and Mr. Wall Cheteshwar Pujara played beautifully and put a decent 114-run stand for the second wicket. Indian skipper Ajinkya Rahane also chipped in with a handy 24, however, India's new-wall holds one end but in between Indian team lost a few wickets that understandably to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy as they did the last tour down under.
Shubman Gill's enterprising 91 was the latest in India's neverending list of feisty on this tour, his innings keeping India in the frame for a famous victory. The visitors added another 100+ runs but lost two crucial wickets, setting the game up for a cracking final session of the series.
Once Gill being dismissed, edging Lyon to slip against the run of play and ending a 114-run stand for the second wicket, skipper Ajinkya Rahane took over the mantle of scoring quickly but played one shot too many, eventually edging Cummins to the 'keeper as he tried to play the ramp shot.
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
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Until the right-handed Shubman Gill's wicket, India had looked in control, notwithstanding the many-body and helmet blows from Cheteshwar Pujara who continued to cop some short bowling. But India's No. 3 managed to hold his ground while Gill laid into Australia's aggressive tactics from the other end, pulling and cutting with ease.
Earlier, rain played spoilsport on Day 4 of the Gabba Test but the final day saw both teams fighting it out in the middle of the Gabba. Australia were successful in removing Rohit upfront but Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara held their ground, helping India continue chasing the 328 they need for a win.
India out bowled for 336 in the first innings, thanks to Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur's record-breaking 123-run stand as they chased Australia’s first innings' total of 369. Shardul contributing 67 while Sundar scored a steller 62. For Australia, Josh Hazlewood took a five-wicket haul while Starc and Cummins picked a couple of wickets.