India vs Australia 4th Test Highlights: India beats Australia to win Border-Gavaskar Trophy
Rishabh Pant (89), Shubman Gill (91) and Cheteshwar Pujara (56) starred with the bat as India beat Australia by three wickets to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1 and scripted history at The Gabba.
Shubman Gill hit a brilliant half-century on Day five of the final Test at The Gabba.
Hello and welcome to Sportstar's Live Coverage of Australia vs India, Fourth Test, Day 5 at the Gabba, Brisbane.
India beats Australia by three wickets to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
The Gabba fortress has been breached and an inexperienced Indian team has chased down 327 to script history and it's Rishabh Pant, who made an unbeaten 89 off 138 deliveries and delivered the win for India. Shubman Gill with a brilliant 91 and Pujara with a patient 211-ball 56 ensured India dominated proceedings and in the end Pant with his heroics scripted a fascinating win.
India 313/5 after 95 overs: What a Test match and India in touching distance of the target. History being rewritten at The Gabba and it's the young guns in Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar who have pushed Australia to the brink of defeat.
India 304/5 after 94 overs: India needs 24 runs in 36 deliveries and Pant with a couple of boundaries has turned the heat and Paine by not collecting a ripper from Lyon has given another boundary to India.
India 289/5 after 93 overs: Wow what a shot! Washington Sundar plays an audacious shot as the ball disappears into the stands and then gets a thick edge and the ball runs to the boundary to leave Cummins stunned. India needs 35 runs to win
India 275/5 after 90 overs: 10 overs to go and India needs 53 runs with Pant and Sundar in the middle. India will aim to go for the runs but can't afford to lose wickets in cluster. They are not going to throw this away and Tim Paine is desperate too turn things around. Can the Australian skipper pull off something spectacular? India believe they have one hand on the trophy.
India 265/5 after 87 overs: What on earth has Mayank Agarwal done! He has thrown his wicket away after surviving a close call... Is there a twist here? Cummins picks his third wicket as Mayank tried to drive the ball on the rise but ended up hitting straight to Wade at cover. India needs 63 runs in 13 overs and Australia five wickets.
India 254/4 after 84 overs: Pant appreciation update - The new ball is swinging and the sun is beating down hard on the wicket again. This is a fifth-day track, with numerous cracks now exposed and getting bigger over time. While these are prospects, which are likely to be mouthwatering for any pacer, Pant just doesn't seem to care. He has just crunched a fuller delivery from Hazlewood through cover. Even Cummins isn't spared the next over - another drive through the same region. He is in a hurry to finish things off and why not? Meanwhile, the fast bowlers have switched to the round-the-wicket channel to try and cramp the left-handed batsman with inswingers. The 23-year-old, meanwhile, also gets to his fifty off 100 deliveries with a quick single.
India 232/4 after 81 overs: Pat Cummins makes the breakthrough with the new ball and Australia have an opening as Pujara falls. It was a harsh lbw call by the umpire and although India retained the review, their best batsman is back in the hut. Pujara departs for a patient 211-ball 56 and Mayank Agarwal walks out.
India 227/3 after 79 overs: The runs are flowing freely and Starc has taken a serious hit as he continues to be expensive. India needs exactly 100 runs in 20 overs. And it's drizzling but the sun is out. We don't have a stoppage as Lyon will continue. The Test slipping away from Australia's grip.
India 217/3 after 74 overs: Fifty for Pujara - Fantastic batting from Pujara and he has been rock solid despite being battered and bruised. He gets to the landmark with a boundary off Labuschagne and although Australia have tried to bounce him out, Pujara has answered and delievred in his own style. Still plenty of work and having spend time at the crease, Pujara will aim to carry his bat through.
India 209/3 after 72 overs: There is no stopping Rishabh Pant as he steps up the attack by smacking Lyon high over the deep mid-wicket and then welcomes Starc into the attack with a fierce cut behind square as the 200 is up for India. Starc is not at his best as he continues to be expensive leaking 70 runs in his 13 overs and is yet to bowl a maiden. India needs 116 runs with seven wickets in hand.
India 193/3 after 69 overs: Opportunity missed and Rishabh Pant survives a stumping chance.. Lyon gets the ball to turn, Pant charges down the track, misses it completely and even Paine fails to collect it as the ball races away to the fence. Australia under pressure and India needs another 134 runs to win.
India 183/3 after 64 overs: Hazlewood starts with a maiden and suddenly there is a buzz going around and Australia needs a plan B to breach Pujara's defence. He is not selling his wicket and the likes of Hazlewood, Cummins and Starc need to bend their backs more to bring Australia back into the game. Nathan Lyon will hold the key, especially against Pant.
Right then 37 overs and India needs 145 runs with 7 wickets in hand. Fasten your seat belts, we are in for a cracker of a session... Final two hours and it will be Hazlewood to Pujara.. Here we go!
Tea Day 5 | India 183/3 after 63 overs: Two wickets and 100 runs and this is India's session. What a fascinating Test match we are having and this is great advertisement for the longest format. Another Test that has gone into the final day and we are bound to have a result unless India suffers a dramatic collapse... Cheteshwar Pujara has once again dropped anchor as he is batting on 43 off 168 deliveries and has taken some serious blows on his body as well on his helmet. He raises a century stand with Shubman Gill who stamped his authority with a brilliant 146-ball 91 and although he missed his maiden Test century, his knock laid the platform and set the tone for the chase. Contrasting batting styles from Gill and Pujara but the duo weathered the storm, blunted the attack and calmed nerves in the change room. Skipper Rahane played some shots but perished while trying to up the ante and then walked Rishabh Pant who is batting on 10 off 23. A tense final session is coming up with India bossing the game and this might well be historic if India chases 145 runs with 37 overs still remaining. Australia needs to win this Test to lay their hands on the Border-Gavaskar trohy. A draw means, the trophy will travel with Ajinkya Rahane's men. See you in 20...
India 167/3 after 57 overs: Cummins strikes and he dismisses the India skipper who falls for a 22-ball 24. Rahane with a six off Lyon declared his intentions that he is not going to block but this time the shot selection was poor as the ball from Cummins was not that short as Rahane wanted to guide it over the slips. He ends up nicking to Tim Paine, who collects his 150th catch behind the stumps. Rishabh Pant is the new man in.
Australia 163/2 after 56 overs: Rahane dances down the track and smokes Lyon over the deep mid-wicket for a maximum and India have a set plan and are giving an impression that they are going to mount an assault soon. Shane Warne is clearly not happy with the line Lyon is bowling. The off-spinner has gone back to the middle and leg stump line to Pujara and Warne wants him to stick to the off stump line with bat-pad coming into play. Frustration creeping into the Australians.
India 138/2 after 51 overs: Pujara is hit on the helmet again and this is brave batting from the India middle-order batsman. The physio comes and checks him and he seems to be fine. The head gear is changed and Pujara gets going with his business as he presents a dead bat to a fast and furious Hazlewood. Great battle.
India 132/2 after 48 overs: Gone! Gill misses Century... He played so well for his 146-ball 91 and Nathan Lyon has the last laugh as he invites Gill to go for a big drive, the batsman gets a thick outside edge and Steve Smith takes an excellent catch to break the century stand. Gill is disappointed as he missed in what could have been a fantastic maiden Test ton. However, he has showed class and maturity and has the game to excel in testing conditions and against a tough bowling attack. He has certainly pipped Prithvi Shaw and should retain his spot as an opener when England tour India. Top knock by the young batsman and this 91 should boost his confidence and give an assurance to the selectors and captain that he belongs to the big stage. Ajinkya Rahane joins Pujara.
India 127/1 after 46 overs: The 100-run partnership between Gill and Pujara is up with the latter smacking Starc for 20 runs in an over. Gill started with a fantastic pull over the deep square leg boundary and then dispatched the fast bowler to the boundary twice before pulling Starc for yet another boundary in front of square to bring the century stand. If that treatment wasn;t enough, Starc bowled another short ball and this time Pujara smacks him to the boundary. Gill into the nineties and India seem to be going after the target.
India 93/1 after 40 overs: Cummins begins the proceedings and Shubman Gill has made a slight adjustment in his batting stance as the opener is now covering his stumps moments before the bowler is about to deliver the ball. Nicely planting his frontfoot and the balance is right while going front or back while negotiating with deliveries that kick off the surface. Heis living a bit on the edge as after slapping Starc through the mid-wicket for a boundary, he survives as a pull almost cost India a wicket. Pujara, meanwhile is busy what he is best at, block, block and block. Gill battingon 72 off 125 while Pujara is on 9 off 95 deliveries.
Right then we are all set for the second session to begin and this will be a crucial session for India and they can manage to hang in and not lose too many wickets, they will be in an advantageous position. Gill, poised for his maiden Test century.
Lunch | Day 5 - India 83/1 after 38 overs: Shubman Gill (64, 117b, 5*4, 1*6), Cheteshwar Pujara (8, 90b) | Gill is playing his shots as he cuts Starc over the third man for a maximum and what a terrific shot this has been from the young batsman. Needs to be careful though as there is a field set for him with two men in the deep. Pujara, meanwhile survives a huge caught behind down the leg and Australia thought he gloved it. The stand is worth 65 off 178 deliveries and this has been India's session as after the fall of Rohit, both Gill and Pujara have blunted the attack as India needs to bat another 62 overs and needs 245 runs to win.
India 70/1 after 34 overs: The fifty-run partnership is up between Pujara and Gill and the recovery is on for India after losing Rohit early in the day. Gill has played the lead role - that of an aggressor while Pujara has been at his best, defending and leaving deliveries with an immaculate judgement of his off-stump. Not to forget, Pujara has coped some blows on his shoulder and was also hit on the helmet.
India 66/1 after 29 overs: Fifty up for Gill and what a brilliant knock thishas been from the youngster. He has got his second fifty of the series and he gets to the little landmark in style by puncing Hazlewood through the covers.
India 54/1 after 23 overs: The fifty comes up for India and Shubman Gill is into the 40s with a cracker of a back-foot drive cover drive off Mitchell Starc and that was so gorgeous to watch. Pujara has dropped anchor and the partnership is worth 36 off 94 balls. India needs these two batsmen to bat as long as possible.
India 44/1 after 20 overs: Cheteshwar Pujara is off the mark and Shubman Gill has got his eye in but India needs a partnership as Australia possessing a world-class attack will look to make early inroads and the weather is holding good for the moment.
India 18/1 after 9 overs: Pat Cummins strikes and that's the opening Australia wanted. Rohit Sharma falls and that's a huge wicket. Cummins lands the ball in the off-stump channel,there was a hint of movement. Rohit tried to defend it but the ball takes an outside edge and Tim Paine takes an excellent diving catch.
India 17/0 after 7 overs: Hazlewood and Cummins are bowling an impeccable line but both Gill and Rohit are up for the task, defending solidly and biding their time in the middle. The weather is clear as of now and India's batsmen must put another strong show.
Mohammed Siraj took a five-wicket haul and Shardul Thakur picked four wickets as India needs another 324 runs to win the final Test at The Gabba.
The highest successful run chase at the Brisbane venue was in 1951, when Australia finished on 236 for 7. The Australians haven’t lost at the Gabba since 1988, but nobody is counting India out.
The openers faced 1.5 overs before rain stopped play for a second time on Monday and India was four without loss — one scoring stroke from Rohit Sharma. Stumps was called shortly after 5 p.m. local time, leaving India one day to try to get 324 more runs.
Siraj put down two catches before picking up the key wicket of Steve Smith for 55 in the middle session as India’s injury-depleted bowling attack kept taking the game to Australia. Australia was 243 for 7 at tea— a rain shower forcing an early break — with an overall lead of 276 and a declaration seemingly imminent.
But the home team continued batting when play resumed in gloomy conditions in the evening session, adding a further 51 runs for three wickets.
Pat Cummins finished unbeaten on 28. Nathan Lyon, in his 100th Test, took Australia’s lead past 300 when he hooked a six off Siraj but was out soon after for 13, giving Thakur his fourth wicket of the innings and seventh of the match.
Thakur took the catch off Siraj’s bowling to dismiss last man Josh Hazlewood (9). Siraj, leading the India attack in just his third Test in the injury-enforced absence of Jasprit Bumrah and spinner R. Ashwin, returned 5 for 73 for his career-best figures.