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India hoists the victory flag at Gabba | by om mishra


Defying the odds and statements made by experts and Ex-senior cricketers, India carved its path to the victory line. India breaching the Gabba fortress in the fourth & final test match which not only resulted in a historic test victory but also breaking the 32 years old unbeaten record of the hosts at the fortress.


India managed to pull off a thriller nerve-wracking game in the absence of Kohli and other promising players. The youngsters in the team made the world witness their caliber especially the debutants in this series giving their blood and sweat to win the series after a horrific nightmare of 36 all out in Adelaide in the first test match.


Australia registered 327 scores at the expense of 10 wickets for the visitors on Day-4, courtesy to Siraj and his maiden fifer which halted the Australian squadron. It appeared as if India would shake off easily when the day ended with the interruption of rain.


Trojaning of the fortress:


The final day at Gabba was nothing less than a hunt to live situation when the Senior opener batsman Rohit Sharma departed early due to an easily outside edge. The young opener Shubman Gill elicited his guile smashing the quality bowling attack fearlessly.


The duo stitched another century partnership of 114 runs to keep India cruising high on the water. Young lad gill goes on playing his best innings of 91 failings to hold on to the auspicious moment of getting a century, he edges one to slip and perishes to Lyon. Once again the man of steel Cheteshwar Pujara stood solid and began his game, this time the veteran suffered massive bouncers and hits, bruises on his body.


Despite all this nothing distracted him as he continued to bat and scored another crucial 56 when he was caught leg before to Pat Cummins. The arrival of Rishabh Pant nearly gave a heart attack as he started steadily but his rash-risky shots almost appeared as the ending of the Indian run chase.


Pujara and Pant struck together with their defensive and at times attacking cricket which helped India sail close to rewriting another history. After the dismissal of Pujara, the entire weight fell on the southpaw. Expectations increased as he went on smashing the best innings of his life scoring 89* which included 9 fours and one maximum.


Cummins went on to drag India down as he was the top pick of the bowler accounting for 4 wickets, despite his serious efforts India managed to continue with efforts and luck in their favor. The contributions from debutant Washington Sundar rose the strength in the end, as Rishabh Pant went on smashing one to covers which indeed was the moment when officially Indians screamed in happiness for victory.


India defeated Australia by 3 wickets which were enough to score 2-1 in the four test match series, India won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for the second time back to back which was a classical goosebump movement.

 
 
 
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