It was a day of double celebration for Team India as they not only retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy by winning the series 2-1 but also reached to the top of the points table in the ICC World Test Championship. India beat Australia by 3 wickets in the India vs Australia 4th Test at The Gabba in Brisbane courtesy a fine knock from Shubman Gill (91 runs) and Cheteshwar Pujara (56 runs) in second innings. However, it was wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant who stole the show by scoring unbeaten 89 runs to take the team across the finish line.
Pant was only able to play the match-winning knock after he was handed a lifeline by Australia skipper Tim Paine behind the stumps. The 36-year old Australian skipper, who have had a poor series with the glove, missed a glorious opportunity to stump an in-form Rishabh Pant. It all happened on the final delivery of the 69th over bowled by Nathan Lyon.
The off-spinner flighted the ball as Pant stepped out of the crease and tried to whack it for a maximum. However, the ball turned a great deal and the southpaw ended up missing it. The Australian wicketkeeper was also deceived by the turn that Lyon generated from the pitch as he missed the ball resulting in four byes.
The win for the Ajinkya Rahane-led side in India vs Australia 4th Test saw them move 10 points clear at the top of the ICC World Test Championship points table. India are currently at 430 points with a percentage of 71.7, while New Zealand who held the top spot temporarily following series win versus Pakistan, are now second with 420 points and a percentage of 70. The Tim Paine-led Australia after the series loss, have slipped to the third spot with 332 points and a percentage of 69.2.
Not only India moved to the top of ICC World Test Championship, but the Men in Blue also climbed the ladder in the ICC Test rankings. India toppled Australia in the ICC Test Team Rankings to claim the second spot. As per current standings, New Zealand are at the top of the table with 118.44 points while India now has 117.65 points, overtaking Australia, who are now on 113 points.
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