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Australia v India: Rishabh Pant and Shubman Gill lead India to an incredible series win

by Ashima

Tourists chase down 328 with 19 balls remaining.

India has defeated Australia at the Gabba for the first time since 1988, winning the fourth Test by three wickets to take the series win. The team needed a 328 (a record run-chase), and went home with three overs to spare. An impressive feat considering the list of players made unavailable to India by the time the final match was played. This list included the likes of captain Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja.  

Despite a miserable performance in the first Test, the subsequent three saw team India produce a noteworthy comeback. Going from losing the first Test by eight wickets to winning the second Test by eight wickets, and earning a draw in the third. The team undeniably performed best in the final match, where at the beginning of the final hour India were 259-4, which meant they needed 69 runs, and Australia six wickets from the final 15 overs.  The team rode to victory on Rishabh Pant‘s 89, Shubman Gill‘s 91, and Cheteshwar Pujara‘s 56 with less than four overs. 

Australia: 369, Labuschagne 108, Paine 50 and 294, Smith 55, Siraj 5-73

India: 336, Thakur 67, Sundar 62; Hazlewood 5-57 and 329-7, Gill 91, Pant 89

Captain of the squad, Virat Kohli hailed the team’s efforts, calling it an “exemplary performance.” He tweeted: “WHAT A WIN!!! Yessssss. To everyone who doubted us after Adelaide, stand up and take notice. Exemplary performance but the grit and determination was the standout for us the whole way. Well done to all the boys and the management. Enjoy this historic feat lads. Cheers.” 

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