Even with a team, devoid of some of its top players, the Indian team showed resolve and commitment, on the final day of the third test match versus Australia, at the Gabba, on Monday.
India commenced the final day, facing the monumental task of getting a nigh impossible 328 for victory, or as many pundits surmised, to bat the entire day and SAVE THE MATCH.
The young dynamos in the team, Gill and Pant, had other ideas and both men punctuated their innings with aggressive, superlative shots, all around the wicket.
The anchor at the other end, was Cheteshwar Pujara, who was consistent, stodgy and defiant.
Defiant to the point that despite several body blows from the Aussie fast bowlers, he stayed at the crease long enough to provide the required support and eventually secured a half century of his own.
The youthful Pant, was audacious and belligerent in his stroke play.
In his youthful exuberance, he leaped down the pitch to Lyon and was mistumped by Paine and you would think that he would remain in his crease for the next several balls.
The very next ball, he danced down the pitch again and heaped the delivery from Lyon, clean into the stands.
Such was the nature of his innings and he rebutted everything that the Aussie bowlers threw at him, even utilizing his T-20 techniques, during crunch time and he was there at the end to seal the memorable, come from behind win.
Summarized scores: India 329 for 7 (Gill 91, Pant 89*, Pujara 56, Cummins 4-55) and 336 beat Australia 369 and 294 by three wickets