India's emphatic victory over Australia: An injury-ravaged India defied the odds to regain the 'Border-Gavaskar Trophy' by winning the 4-match Test series 2-1 against ruthless Australia on Tuesday. India inflicts Australia's first defeat in a Test match at the Gabba in Brisbane since 1988. 324 runs - 98 overs remaining and Ajinkya Rahane led Team India in the final day’s play, looks improbable at one stage. Rahane and co pull off things majestically on a fully-charged, roller-coaster day.
'The Rock' Pujara's formidable, Gill's stylish and Pant's blistering innings is being celebrated among cricket lovers. India's new-wall Cheteshwar Pujara faced one of the best Australia bowling attacks with the quicks delivering bouncers right on the money. Rishabh Pant was the hero as depleted India ended Australia's 32-year undefeated run at the Gabba, executing a record-breaking final day chase to win the Test by three wickets on Tuesday.
The southpaw drives Hazlewood to the long-off boundary as India seized the series by 2-1. Pant remains unbeaten on 89. Defying the odds, India have breached the Gabba fortress as Australia's pride no longer. T Natarajan has been handed the trophy and the entire Indian squad rejoices the Gabba evening.
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Take a look at the five best moments of India’s historic win;
1) Shubman Gill classical 91: After losing Rohit Sharma for 7, the rookie right-handed batsman Shubman Gill and solid Cheteshwar Pujara take India to lunch at 83/1. Nearly half-an-hour into the post-lunch session, the Aussie paceman Mitchell Starc would begin unleashing few short-pitched deliveries to the youngster. Gill responds with a delectable upper-cut, few pull shots before dispatching him for a massive 'Six' and took 20 runs off Starc's over.
2) Pant-Pujara crucial partnership: Pant goes down the track to deposit off-spinner Nathan Lyon over the long-on for a six. In the subsequent over, he unleashes fierce cut shots against Mitchell Starc. Pujara brings up his steller half-ton with a boundary against Labuschagne. Mr. dependable Pujara was hit multiple times on his body but his resilience onto the crease helped him stay in the middle for 211 balls.
3) Pant gets a reprieve: The wicket-keeper batsman walks in at No. 5 ahead of Agarwal at the fall of Indian skipper Ajinkya Rahane’s wicket and fans were excited. He played another whirlwind knock of 89, the repetition of the SCG Test in Sydney. Pant quickly moves into double-figures, before he gets beaten by Aussie off-spinner Nathan Lyon. But Australian skipper Tim Paine misses a stumping chance.
4) Washington Sundar's crunchy knock: When India needs 49 runs from the penultimate 8 overs, Sundar swings hard and played a ramp shot against Cummins that sails over the square-leg for a six. Pant, at the other end, grabbed consecutive boundaries against Aussie bowlers, a scoop followed by a sweep shot against Lyon as India races past the 300-run mark.
5) Pant's winning-blow: Pant is looking imperious at the back end of India's record-chase of 328. With 10 runs required, the southpaw pulls Hazlewood past fine-leg for a boundary. The winning moment arrives in the final ball of the 97th over, when Pant crunches the cannon-ball to the long-off boundary. He remains unbeaten on 89 and India breaches the Gabba fortress.