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Spirited India breach Australia’s fortress, end hosts’ 32-year long invincible streak at The Gabba

A spirited Indian side fought remarkably well to win the final fourth Test in Brisbane and clinch the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for the second straight time at the Gabba.

Ajinkya Rahane-led India defeated Australia by three wickets in the final fourth Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21 to clinch the series and bring an end to Australia’s 32-year-long unbeaten streak at  The Gabba. Australia were unbeaten in Brisbane since 1988 before a spirited India halted their tremendous streak on Tuesday (January 19).

Asked to chase down 328 runs in their second innings on a trick pitch, Indian batsmen stepped up and delivered in style as Australia were stunned in their own backyard once again. Opener Shubman Gill slammed a brilliant 91 while Rishabh Pant played a sensational knock of unbeaten 89 to take India home at The Gabba chasing down 328 runs in 97 overs.

Australia’s last defeat in Brisbane came against West Indies in 1988. They were undefeated at The Gabba in their last 31 games having won 24 and drawn seven matches. Little did anyone expect the hosts to lose the series-decider in Brisbane on Tuesday but Rahane & Co’ made a mockery of the Australian bowling attack to script a historic win.

The three-wicket win is also India’s maiden Test victory against Australia in Brisbane. India’s best result at The Gabba before Tuesday was a draw under the captaincy of current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly in 2003. India were winless at the venue in their last six games.

On Day 5, India resumed their second innings from their overnight score of 4/0 and rode on brilliant partnerships between Pujara-Gill (114 runs), Pujara-Pant (61) and Pant-Washington Sundar (53) to record the highest successful run chase at the venue. With the three-wicket victory, India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Despite missing a host of key players and Virat Kohli missing the last three Tests, India fought through all the odds to hammer Australia Down Under and script history. After losing the first Test in Adelaide by eight wickets, India won the second game, drew the next one, and won the series-decider to prove why they are one of the best sides in the world at present.

Source :- timesnownews.com


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