BRISBANE: India on Tuesday retained the Border Gavaskar Trophy after the guests defeated Australia within the fourth Take a look at in Brisbane as a result of heroic efforts of wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.
The document run-chase carried out by India in an exhilarating last session handed Australia their first defeat at Brisbane’s Gabba floor since 1988 and clinch the sequence 2-1.
Rishabh Pant starred with a swashbuckling 89 not out because the injury-depleted guests overhauled the 328-run goal with three overs to go, successful by three wickets.
With common captain Virat Kohli again residence, and deploying an assault of uncooked recruits in Queensland, India mowed down 145 runs after tea to assert the win when Pant smashed Josh Hazlewood to the long-off fence for 4 with 18 balls to spare.
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“This is one of the biggest moments of my life now, and I’m happy that all the support staff and all my team mates supported me even when I wasn’t playing,” lefthander Pant stated after being named Man of the Match.
“It’s been a dream series.
“It was a fifth-day pitch and the ball was turning a bit. I believed I’ve to be disciplined with my shot choice.”
Pant’s stellar innings was only one of a slew of heroic efforts by the Indian side, with opener Subman Gill (91) and a battered Cheteshwar Pujara (56) helping them mow down the total with defiant half-centuries.
India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, two years after beating Australia in the 2018-19 series Down Under.
This victory, however, was a greater achievement by far as the previous series saw Australia deprived of top batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner due to a ball-tampering scandal.
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The jubilant scenes at the Gabba were a far cry from the Adelaide opener when India were bowled out for 36 and suffered a thrashing in three days.
Yet they rallied superbly to win in Melbourne and held Australia to a brave draw in the third test in Sydney.
Australia battled hard to claim late wickets on day five in Brisbane but questions will be asked about Tim Paine’s captaincy, with the home side proving incapable of bowling India out on the fifth day for a second successive test.
“Completely disenchanted,” Paine said.
“We got here right here to win the check and the sequence, it has been a little bit of a pattern that we had been discovered wanting in the important thing moments and utterly outplayed by a troublesome Indian facet that totally deserves the win.”
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Australia paceman Pat Cummins was named Player of the Series in a losing cause after taking 21 wickets.
“Good laborious day of check cricket right now, I believed Rishabh and the entire Indian facet performed fantastically, took the sport on and deserved the win,” he said.
“I might have preferred the cracks to play a couple of extra methods, however it was a fairly good wicket.”