India pull off Gabba win, one for the ages
A thrilling series has come to an end. India have emerged as winners of the four-Test series by 2-1 as they chased down 328 in Brisbane. This gives them the third consecutive Border-Gavaskar series victory.
From 0-1 behind to 2-1, it has taken a massive effort from India who had to lose players over the series for various reasons but stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane has done it for India.
Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant played an instrumental role in India’s 3-wicket win, which had to come in one-day style batting.
The chase of 328 is India’s third-highest in their history. No team had ever chased 300-plus at The Gabba before.
Not to forget Cheteshwar Pujara’s valiant contribution, who battled hard and copped bouncers on his body. His toughness saw him crossing fifty in 196 balls, his slowest in Test career. He soon looked to up the pace before getting lbw to Pat Cummins on 211-ball 56.
Rohit Sharma (7) was the first one to fall earlier in the morning session, edging Cummins back to the keeper. His partner Shubman Gill showed character in a vital 91-run knock off 146 balls that had 8 fours and 2 sixes. Nathan Lyon denied him a maiden ton.
Rahane showed the first signs of intent in his 24 off 22. Then the rest was done by the middle-order.
Pant, who hit 97 in the second innings at the SCG, played yet another sensational knock here at the Gabba – unbeaten 89 runs off 138 deliveries, hitting 9 fours and a six. Fittingly, he hit the winning runs down the ground to end Australia’s 32-year unbeaten streak at the venue.
Washington Sundar followed his first innings half-century with a handy 29-ball 22.
India required 145 runs and Australia needed seven wickets in the final session, which was poised to have 37 overs.
India’a 2-1 win has consolidated their position in World Test Championship table – 71.7% points, ahead of New Zealand (70%). Australia (69.2%), who were bossing the table, have slipped down to the third position.
World Test Championship 2019-21 table (after AUS-IND series):
India – 71.7%
New Zealand – 70.0%
Australia – 69.2%
England – 65.2%
South Africa – 40%
Pakistan – 30.7%
Sri Lanka – 19.2%
West Indies – 11.1%
Bangladesh – 0.0%
As far as rankings are concerned, New Zealand hold the number one spot, eclipsing India by decimal points. Australia move down to No.3.
ICC Test rankings (after AUS-IND series):
1. New Zealand – 118 points
2. India – 118
3. Australia – 113
4. England – 106
5. South Africa – 96
6. Sri Lanka – 86
7. Pakistan – 82
8. West Indies – 77
9. Bangladesh – 55
Australia 1st innings: 369 (Labuschagne 108; Natarajan 3/78)
India 1st innings: 336 (Thakur 67; Hazlewood 5/57)
Australia 2nd innings: 294 (Smith 55; Siraj 5/73)
India 2nd innings: 329/7 in 97 overs (Gill 91, Pant 89*, Pujara 56; Cummins 4/55)
India won by 3 wickets
India won the series 2-1 (4)
Player of the Match: Rishabh Pant
Player of the Series: Pat Cummins