Going for the kill at the Gabbatoir: Five best moments of India’s historic win

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With fickle climate predicted for Brisbane and a cracked-up Day 5 pitch on provide, typical knowledge urged that both a draw or a defeat have been the solely two doable eventualities for Team India. 324 runs from 98 overs in the ultimate day’s play at the Gabba appeared like a mountain to climb. Instead, they seized the momentum at essential junctures to drag off an inconceivable win on an emotionally-charged, roller-coaster day.

Here are the snapshots:

Shubman Gill cuts unfastened: Rohit Sharma departs for 7, however Gill and a defiant Cheteshwar Pujara take India to lunch at 83/1. Barely half-hour into the post-lunch session, Mitchell Starc would start unleashing a barrage of short-pitched deliveries to Gill. The teen would reply with a tasty upper-cut, a brace of pulls pictures and one other uppercut, earlier than dispatching him for a six with one other disdainful pull. Starc leaks 20 runs in an over.

Rishabh Pant will get a reprieve: The wicket-keeper batsman walks in at No.5 forward of Mayank Agarwal at the fall of captain Ajinkya Rahane’s wicket. It ignites hopes amongst followers. Can he conjure one other whirlwind knock like the 97 he scored in Sydney on Day 5? Pant strikes to 16 off 40 deliveries, earlier than he will get overwhelmed by Lyon. But Tim Paine misses a stumping. India nonetheless 135 runs adrift.

Pant-Pujara alliance blossoms: Pant skips down the observe to deposit off-spinner Nathan Lyon over the long-on fence for a six. In the subsequent over, he unleashes a ferocious lower towards Starc. Pujara brings up his fifty with a boundary towards Marnus Labuschagne. India on the ascendancy in the ultimate session.

Washington Sundar performs his half: With India needing 49 runs from 42 balls, Washington Sundar (22 off 29) swivels and unfurls a wondrous hook shot towards Cummins that sails over the square-leg fence for a six. Pant, at the different finish, collects consecutive boundaries towards Lyon — a scoop, adopted by a strong sweep shot towards Lyon. India race previous 300.

The successful blow: Pant is unbeaten on 80 and is trying imperious. With 10 runs required, the wicket-keeper batsman pulls Hazlewood previous fine-leg for a boundary. The successful second arrives in the ultimate ball of the 97th over, when Pant drives Hazlewood to the long-off boundary. He stays unbeaten on 89. India win the collection 2-1. Fortress Gabba is breached.

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