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India defeats Australia in the fourth Test to claim a 2-1 series

India have claimed an extraordinary victory against Australia without the help of captain Virat Kohli – to take the Test series 2-1.

The visitors needed to chase 328 runs on day five at the GABBA in Brisbane after Australia declared with a seemingly unbeatable lead.

But a gutsy batting display by the Indians saw the tourists snatch the win with just 19 balls to spare. 

It’s the second series in a row that India has won Border-Gavaskar Trophy on Australian soil. 

Rishabh Pant’s brilliant 89, following on from opener Shubman Gill’s 91, guided India to their victory on Tuesday, which was the first time since 1988 an Indian side has beaten Australia in Brisbane.

With all outcomes possible on what proved to be a nip and tuck final day of an epic and often controversial series, India seized the initiative in the last session having battled hard all day. 

Pant moved into one-day mode and was joined by first Washington Sundar, who made 22 before being bowled by Nathan Lyon, Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini, to get India home by three wickets amid nerve-shredding tension in Brisbane

It meant India won the four-Test series 2-1 despite being ravaged by injury, confined by Covid-19 quarantine and without their captain Virat Kohli for the last three Tests. 

Rishabh Pant hit a brilliant unbeaten 89 to win the fourth Test and the series for India

Rishabh Pant hit a brilliant unbeaten 89 to win the fourth Test and the series for India

Rishabh Pant hit a brilliant unbeaten 89 to win the fourth Test and the series for India 

Pant waves his bat to the crowd at the Gabba after reaching his half-century on the fifth day

Pant waves his bat to the crowd at the Gabba after reaching his half-century on the fifth day

Pant waves his bat to the crowd at the Gabba after reaching his half-century on the fifth day

Source: Daily Mail Australia | World News

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