For the second match in a row, Australia failed to take advantage of a day five pitch and a weakened opposition as India thrashed them by three wickets in the fourth Test at the Gabba, the venue which is considered as a fort for the hosts. Australia had not lost a game at the Gabba since 1988 but India made light work of their record.
The visitors needed 324 runs more with ten wickets in hand on the final day to seal their first win at the venue and did that in style. Rishabh Pant starred with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 89 while Shubman Gill (91) and Cheteshwar Pujara (56) made big contributions too. For Australia, only Pat Cummins managed to make a mark with the ball as he picked up four wickets.
There was some glimmer of hope for the hosts when Pat Cummins dismissed Pujara and Mayank Agarwal with the second new ball but a 53-run stand between Pant and Washington Sundar all but sealed the deal for the tourists. India lost Sundar and Shardul Thakur in quick succession but Pant remained till the end to ensure his team cross the finishing line without much drama.
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Here is what Tim Paine said after the match:
Speaking at the end of the game, Australia captain Tim Paine started by saying that India deserved to win the series. He admitted that the hosts were outplayed while pointing out that his team has many areas to improve on.
“We were here to win the series, but we have just been outplayed by a disciplined and tough Indian side who fully deserve the series win. We have to look back over a lot of things, and we’ll go through it as a group, and we have been outplayed by a better side this series. There are many areas of improvement honestly,” said Tim Paine.
“We wanted to set a bit over 300, and dangle a carrot for them to win the series. I thought India turned up today, wore balls on the head arm and chest, put their body in the line, so credit to them, they deserve the win. Keeping is a part of my job, and I have to get them right. Our bowlers did really well as well, it’s just credit to the Indian side for this terrific series,” he added.
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