Brisbane Test: India breach Australia’s fortress, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Brisbane: Riding on Rishabh Pant’s swashbuckling 89 not out, India created history on Tuesday as they became the first team to beat Australia in a Test match in Brisbane in 33 years after winning the series-deciding fourth and final match by 3 wickets at the Gabba.

Australia had not been beaten at the Gabba since falling to Viv Richards’ all-conquering West Indies side by nine wickets in November 1988.

Australia had won the first Test in Adelaide while India struck back with victory in Melbourne. The third Test in Sydney had ended in a draw.

With 2-1 series triumph, India also retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India had won a historic Test series Down Under two years back and now the team is cherishing back-to-back series victory.

Resuming at four for none on the final day, the injury-depleted India overhauled the target of 328 in the fourth innings to with 18 balls to spare in a thrilling encounter thanks to brilliant knocks from Shubman Gill (91), Rishabh Pant (89 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (56).

India rode on superb partnerships between Pujara-Gill (114 runs), Pujara-Pant (61) and Pant-Washington Sundar (53) to cross the finish line in a historic Test which went down to the wire.

India’s 329 for seven also smashed the 69-year-old record for the biggest run-chase at the Gabba, set by Australia who scored 236 for seven to beat the West Indies in 1951.

It is also India’s third highest successful run chase behind the 406 (vs West Indies Port of Spain 1975/76) and 387 (vs England Chennai 2008/09).

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