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What is Team India’s highest Test total at the Brisbane Cricket Ground?

January 17, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

The on-going Border Gavaskar series reaches the endpoint after a long two-month tour with the final match being played at The Gabba. The men in yellow won the toss and elected to bat first. Tim Paine and company have managed to put a decent score of 369 runs in the Brisbane Test's first innings.

Now, the men in blue will look to cross the massive total. Interestingly, the men in yellow have never lost a Test at the Gabba after posting 350+ runs in the first innings. However, the Indian cricket team's record at the historic venue is the opposite. In the six Tests they have played so far, the men in blue have lost five times and drawn one match. Their best result at Brisbane was a draw under Sourav Ganguly's captainship back in December 2003.

India has scored 400+ runs twice at Brisbane

The Indian side has scored more than 400 runs on two occasions at the Brisbane cricket ground. In the year 2003, they scored 409 runs which is their highest total. Sourav Ganguly was the captain of the side, and he also scored a brilliant 144 run knock. It was also his first century against Australia. The southpaw's excellent innings helped the visitors take a first-innings lead after Australia scored 323 runs. The Indian team reached 409 in 120.1 overs. VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag supported the Indian captain. Laxman and Sehwag scored 75 and 45 runs respectively.

Surprisingly, last India played at the iconic venue they had a solid display. The team managed to put up a score 408 in the first innings back in 2014. Murali Vijay scored 144 runs whereas Ajinkya Rahane made 81runs.

Both times team Indian have crossed the 400-run mark in Brisbane. If India wants to win the final test, they will have to put up a great batting effort. At least one of Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara or Ajinkya Rahane has to play a big inning. Middle-order batsmen Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar will also have to come up with handy contributions.

The Australian team were bowled out for 369 before Lunch break. The side will be hoping for their bowling department to perform against the men in blue. Test debutants T Natarajan and Washington Sundar picked up crucial wickets for India. Washington Sundar picked up wickets of Cameron Green and Nathan Lyon. However, Natarajan, Sundar and Thakur all claimed three wickets each while Mohammed Siraj picked up one wicket. The Indian cricket team will be aiming to dominate Australia's bowling department on Day 2.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth