Team India chased down a massive target of 328 runs in the fourth innings to win the 4th Test against Australia and win the Border-Gavaskar series 2-1. A historic win in all sense of the word, this is the first time Australia lost in 32 years in Gabba, Brisbane.
Earlier on the last day of the Ind vs Aus 4th Test:
Earlier, Pujara aimed to anchor a successful run-chase against Aussies. On the 5th day of the fourth and last Test Match at Gabba, India got off to a bad start. The Indian side lost opener, Rohit Sharma, in the early stages of their fourth inning. Shubman Gill came to the ground and tried forming a brilliant partnership with Pujara. Gill slammed 92 runs from 146 balls but couldn’t get a ton. He lost his wicket to Nathan Lyon. Then came the skipper Ajinkya Rahane who played a quick-fire 24 runs off just 22 deliveries. Rahane fell prey to Pat Cummins and the match was etched out to be drawn.
But Pujara stood tall and rooted himself to the crease. Pujara was battered and bruised but showed his class by putting a half-century on the board. It was the slowest half-century Pujara made that came in 194 ones, but it will be known as one of his most important ones.
A ’Sundar’ Performance by Washington Sundar:
Washington Sundar’s debut would be one which not only the Indian side would remember, but also the one which will go down in the record books. In the fourth test, Washington Sundar dismissed Steve Smith and got his first debut wicket. He then went on to take the wickets of Green and Nathan and had an impressive figure of 3/89.
In the fourth Innings, Sundar brought up his fifty and set a new record. With his fifty run knock, he became the third Indian to score fifty on a Test debut in Australia. He also became the second-ever Indian player to hit a half-century and get 3 or more than 3 wickets in a debut. Before Sundar, this remarkable feat was achieved by Dattu Phadkar with a 51-run inning and a 3/14 against the Aussies.
A slew of records made and shattered by the Indian side in the 4th India vs Australia Test:
- A classy debut for Washington Sundar, he went on to score a 50 and clinched 3 wickets against Aussies. He is now the second Indian player ever to do that.
- Rohit Sharma took five catches in the test, a record that is equal of the ones created by Dravid, Srikanth and Solkar.
- Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar posed a hundred-run partnership. This is the all-time highest seventh-wicket partnership for India in Gabba. Thakur and Sundar surpassed the record created by Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar in 1991.
- India broke the 32-year winning streak of Australia in Gabba by winning the fourth test match.
- The Indian side has now the record of the highest successful 4th innings chase at the Gabba. Previously the record was 276 runs.
The injury-ravaged Indian team showed great resilience throughout their current tour. The series had its ups-and-downs, with Indians first putting their lowest ever Test score and then coming back with grit and drawing the third test. In the fourth and final test, the touring team were left without their fast bowlers, their captain Virat Kohli and a few specialist batsmen. But Team India breached the Aussie fortress and claimed a historic win.