Pant, Gill lead courageous Indian run-chase to hunt down 328 to lift Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Brief scorecard: Australia 369/10 (Marnus Labuschagne 108, Tim Paine 50; Thangarasu Natarajan 3/78, Washington Sundar 3/89, Shardul Thakur 3/94) and 294/10 (Steven Smith 55, David Warner 48; Mohammed Siraj 5/73, Thakur 4/61) lost to India 336/10 (Thakur 67, Sundar 62; Josh Hazlewood 5/57, Mitchell Starc 2/88) and 329/7 (Shubman Gill 91, Rishabh Pant 89*, Cheteshwar Pujara 56; Pat Cummins 4/55, Nathan Lyon 2/85) by 3 wickets

Australia vs India 4th Test 2021, stats

  • Shubman Gill (91) and Rishabh Pant (89*), who are at the forefront of India’s young brigade of cricketers, led the way with the bat with knocks of great composure, flair and purpose to help the visitors successfully chase down 328 on the final day of the fourth Test at the Gabba to seal a 2-1 series win and retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
  • It is Australia’s first Test defeat at the Gabba since 1988, having last lost to the West Indies.
  • It (328) is India’s third-highest successful run chase in Test cricket and the highest fourth-innings target successfully achieved at the Gabba, where 236 was the previous highest target achieved in the fourth innings
  • It is Gill’s second Test fifty, a 146-ball 91 which provided India with the platform to accomplish the record run-chase. Pant finished unbeaten on 89 and hit the winning runs off Josh Hazlewood to seal the win. It was his fourth Test fifty and easily the most significant of his career so far.
  • Batting first after captain Tim Paine won the toss, Australia rode on Marnus Labuschagne’s fifth Test hundred, a 204-ball 108, and a half-century from Paine himself (a 104-ball 50) to reach 369 on a sporting Gabba pitch.
  • India handed debuts to Thangarasu Natarajan and Washington Sundar, who became the nation’s 300th and 301st Test cricketers respectively
  • Natarajan, having debuted for India in the ODI and T20I series on the tour of Australia, became the fastest Indian cricketer in terms of days (41) between debuting in all three formats. Peter Ingram of New Zealand, who made his Test, ODI and T20I debuts in a span of 12 days, remains the fastest to debut in all three formats
  • Sundar, with his composed knock of 144-ball 62, following his three-for with the ball in Australia’s first innings, became the first visiting player in Australia to take three wickets and score a fifty on Test debut, since Dattu Phadkar in 1947.
  • Sundar achieved another rare feat as he became only the fifth Indian player to score a fifty and take a three-for on Test debut. Hanuma Vihari (2018), Sourav Ganguly (1996), Phadkar (1947), and Amar Singh (1932) were the four previous Indians.
  • Thakur, on his comeback Test after hobbling off with a groin injury on his debut in 2018 against the West Indies, scored his maiden Test half-century (a 115-ball 67), and with a 123-run partnership with Sundar for the seventh wicket, helped India reduce the first-innings deficit to Australia to 60 runs before being dismissed by Pat Cummins.
  • Pant, over the course of his match-winning 89 in India’s second innings, became the fastest Indian wicketkeeper to complete 1000 runs in Test cricket, reaching the landmark in 27 innings, five innings fewer than MS Dhoni (32).
  • It is India’s ninth Test win on Australian soil and their second Test series win Down Under.
  • Captain Ajinkya Rahane registered his fourth Test win as skipper and retains his unbeaten record in five Tests, having drawn one.