India won by 3 wickets and claimed the series 2-1 against Australia on Day 5 of the ongoing fourth and final Test match at The Gabba in Brisbane. Rishabh Pant (89*) hit the winning runs after a superb top order show from Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara.
India chased down 328 in the fourth innings to win the 4th Test vs Australia and claim the series 2-1.
A counter-attack from Shubman Gill (91) set up a thrilling hour of play on either side of the Lunch break, before Ajinkya Rahane joined Cheteshwar Pujara.
Rishabh Pant (89*) was promoted to Number 5, as India looked to go for the win in the afternoon session. At Tea, India were 183/3, needing 146 to win in the final session.
The responsibility was on Rishabh Pant with Shardul Thakur to take India over the finishing line. India got off to a poor start, losing opener Rohit Sharma in the early stages of Day 5.
Gill’s strong partnership with Pujara
Shubman Gill stitched a strong partnership with Pujara, bringing the visitors back into the game. Gill slammed 91 runs off 146 balls, before losing his wicket to Nathan Lyon.
Stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane played a quick knock of 24 runs off 22 deliveries, before getting dismissed.
Rahane’s wicket was followed by Pujara’s dismissal, who scored a valiant half-century, before losing his wicket to Cummins.
With the game finely balanced and all three results possible, a thrilling end to a dramatic series is on the cards at the Gabba.
Pujara, after weathering numerous blows to the body, was given out LBW on umpire’s call for 56. Pant carried on India’s charge towards a historic win in the last hour of the Test, hitting the winning runs with minutes remaining before close of play.
Australia had not lost a Test at the Gabba in 32 years before this.