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Pant helps India rise to occasion in dramatic Test run chase

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An injury-ravaged India has ended Australia’s 32-year undefeated run at the Gabba with a record-breaking final day chase to win the Test by three wickets and the series 2-1.

Rishabh Pant (89 not out) was the hero after Cheteshwar Pujara (56) and Shubman Gill (91) had set up the pursuit.

The visitors bravely chased down 328 with three wickets and just 19 balls remaining on Tuesday despite only needing a draw to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

It capped an incredible comeback by a depleted Indian squad, which was dismissed for just 36 to lose the opening Test in Adelaide in mid-December and was missing as many as 11 players through injury and unavailability in Brisbane.

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After tea, in the final session, India required a further 139 runs to complete what would be a record-breaking chase at the venue.

The result will also have a major impact on the world Test championship standings, which Australia tops as it bids to take part in this year’s final at Lord’s.

There were fears that wet weather could ruin Tuesday’s conclusion to an epic series but play started as scheduled at 9.30am (local time).

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