India will go down in cricket history for their remarkable series win over Australia, claiming victory in the fourth Test at the Gabba by three wickets.
Despite being humiliated in the first Test – being bowled out for 36 – and with numerous players unavailable for this match – including captain Virat Kohli – India perfectly pulled off a run-chase to claim the victory with three overs to spare.
Needing 328, Shubman Gill scored 91 with Rishabh Pant ending unbeaten on 89 as the tourists overcame all the odds to claim the win.
After losing the first Test, India secured a stunning comeback win by eight wickets in the second, then battled hard to earn a draw in the third – and followed that defiant performance up with this most remarkable of feats in Brisbane.
Without captain Kohli and a whole host of star players, the tourists needed 324 more runs after they managed to dismiss Tim Paine’s side for 294 on day four.
Pat Cummins dismissed Rohit Sharma cheaply on his way to four for 55, but it brought Cheteshwar Pujara to the crease and he was not prepared to give his wicket away without a fight.
Together with opener Shubman Gill, the pair put on 114 for the second wicket before Gill fell nine short of a century.
Nathan Lyon ended his enterprising innings which included eight fours and two sixes and when stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane was caught behind for 24, the Indians could have been forgiven for shutting up shop.
Wicketkeeper Pant had other ideas and after Cummins pinned Pujara in front for 56 to bring his 211-ball virgil to a conclusion, the 23-year-old continued to play with bravery.
Debutant Washington Sundar added a breezy 22 and helped take 11 off Cummins to kick start India into action with time running out.
It made the equation 39 off 42 and Pant moved into Twenty20 mode when he hit back-to-back fours off Lyon.
While Washington and Shardul Thakur departed in a dramatic finale, a drive by Pant to the boundary off Josh Hazlewood sealed a three-wicket victory for India and left Australia stunned.