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Twitter goes gaga as West Indies breach Australian fortress Gabba to script historical win by 8 runs

Published at :January 28, 2024 at 2:16 PM
Modified at :January 28, 2024 at 2:18 PM
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Saurabh Anand

West Indies defeated Australia by eight runs in the second test match played at the Gabba.

West Indies have created one of the most amazing things,” these words from Ian Smith will never fade from anyone’s memory. The Caribbean underdogs have done the unthinkable at the Gabba and tamed Australia on their home soil. Shamar Joseph’s brilliant spell in the second innings created one of the major upsets in the cricketing world. West Indies defeated Australia by eight runs in the second test and drew the two-match test series 1-1.

There were historic scenes at the Gabba when Shamar Joseph rattled Josh Hazlewood’s off stump and ran towards the Caribbean dressing room. There were tears, joy, cheer and a sign of hope in West Indies dressing room. The entire West Indies side looked unstoppable while celebrating one of their biggest-ever test wins in terms of value. This special win will rejuvenate Caribbean Islands and their cricket.

Historical win for West Indies

Social media also went crazy after West Indies’ iconic win. There were many video reactions poured in from around the world. In one video, current West Indian assistant coach Carl Hooper was spotted in happy tears at one corner of the dressing room. In another video West Indies’ legendary batter Brian Lara was seen emotional while explaining the last ball in commentary and tears came out rolling in his cheeks. He looked emotional throughout.

It was a pink ball test at the Gabba and West Indies prevailed in a low-scoring encounter. Batting first, West Indies posted 311 runs on the board. Joshua Da Silva (79) and Kavem Hodge (71) both played brilliant knocks to take WI to a challenging total. Australia in reply struggled against Alzarri Joseph (4/84) and Kemar Roach (3/47) and then declared without getting a lead. Australia declared the first innings at 289 runs with nine wickets.

West Indies middle-order showed some determination in the second innings and took West Indies close to 200. Australia needed 216 runs to win the test and clean sweep West Indies but Shamar Joseph bowled a brilliant spell of 7/68 in the second innings. Steve Smith was the lone warrior for Australia as he remained unbeaten on 91 runs. Shamar Joseph was awarded the Player of the Match award as well as the Player of the Series award for his performance.

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