India retained the Border Gavaskar Trophy by beating the hosts at The Gabba. They won the series by 2-1. This is their second consecutive Test series win on Australian soil. Nobody saw this coming especially after the Adelaide Oval debacle.
India was battered and bruised by the hosts in the Test opener as they were bundled out for just 36. Virat Kohli & Co registered the lowest ever total in Test cricket. Australia comfortably took the first lead while India had to respond straight away with a win in Melbourne.
The third Test in Sydney saw both teams going for a win. Both teams had equal chances to clinch the Test but it ended in a pulsating draw. Going into the fourth and final Test at The Gabba, India stunned the Aussies at their fortress. India won by 3 wickets to end the series on a memorable note.
Shubman Gill scored a staggering 91 as an opener during India’s successful run-chase. Rishabh Pant who scored a vital 97 in the SCG Test turned up once again in the 4th innings. The southpaw scored an impressive 89* including 8 fours and 2 sixes to help India ace the run-chase.
Pant hit the winning runs for the visitors as India scripted history at The Gabba. Aussies who never lost a single Test since 1988 were finally beaten by India. Pant drew plaudits from every nook and corner of the cricket fraternity for his special knock. Rightly so, he was named the man of the match.
Hazlewood bowls a lethal ball to Pujara
Australia set up a target of 328 for visitors in Brisbane. During India’s run-chase, Cheteshwar Pujara showed incredible resilience as he battled a series of bouncers off Pat Cummins’ bowling.
While India’s dependable No.3 was batting on 26, he faced Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood. The right-arm fast bowler took a five-wicket haul in the first innings and was looking to continue his form from where he left off.
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Hazlewood was already under pressure as he couldn’t pick up a wicket at the start. He was searching for a wicket and trying his best to keep the batsmen in check. When he faced Pujara, he got frustrated with his gesture.
While Hazlewood came running to bowl the delivery, Pujara quickly stopped him as he couldn’t see properly after an insect flew past him. The batsman also signaled the same thing to Josh Hazlewood. However, the bowler was not at all impressed with the gesture.
In the next delivery, the fast bowler placed a lethal delivery to Pujara as the latter got hit on his helmet. Pujara took off his helmet immediately after the blow. It was when Hazlewood replied: “You can see that?”
Pujara plays a crucial knock for India
Pujara did not really mind what Hazlewood said to him as he showed a great fight during India’s run-chase. He went on to score a brilliant half-century and ended up getting dismissed on 56.
Pujara who hit 7 fours to his gritty knock was dismissed leg before wicket off Pat Cummins’ bowling. He deserves a certificate of excellence for staying at the crease for a long time as he played 211 balls in the fourth innings.