Gabba stunned as West Indies break 27-year Aussie jinx with Shamar Joseph’s 7-68

Posted on Jan 28 2024 - 7:01pm by cricketherald

In an epic showdown at the Gabba, West Indies clinched a sensational eight-run victory in the pink-ball Test match against Australia, marking their first Test win on Australian soil in 27 years. The game, dominated by the heroics of rookie pacer Shamar Joseph, ended Australia’s 11-match winning streak in day-night Tests and leveled the two-match series. Joseph’s stunning 7-68 on Day 4 under overcast Brisbane skies flipped the game, leading to a nail-biting finish.

Morning Session: Smith’s Gutsy 91* and Australia’s Collapse

Australia began the day with overnight batters Steve Smith and Cameron Green holding fort in challenging conditions. However, Joseph’s fiery spell before drinks turned the game’s complexion, dismissing Green and Travis Head. Smith’s valiant half-century and Mitchell Marsh’s aggressive start were short-lived as Joseph continued his rampage, causing a collapse from 113/2 to 136/6.

Dramatic Turn of Events Post-Dinner

As the final session unfolded, Mitchell Starc’s counterattack briefly revived Australian hopes, but Joseph’s relentless bowling left Australia reeling at 171/7. The dismissal of Australian skipper Pat Cummins further dampened their spirits. Despite Smith’s unbeaten 91, the Windies bowler’s magic was unstoppable, leading to a dramatic Australian collapse.

Shamar Joseph's Heroics Lead West Indies to Historic Test Win in Australia

Shamar Joseph’s Heroics Lead West Indies to Historic Test Win in Australia

West Indies’ Historic Win and Shamar Joseph’s Stellar Performance

Shamar Joseph’s exceptional bowling, coupled with strategic field placements and captaincy, led to West Indies’ historic win, their first at the Gabba since 1968. Joseph’s seven-wicket haul, a rare feat for an overseas bowler in his debut match in Australia, was the cornerstone of the Windies’ victory. The jubilant scenes at the Gabba highlighted the significance of this win in West Indies cricket history.

West Indies’ victory at the Gabba is a testament to the resurgence of their Test cricket prowess. Shamar Joseph’s outstanding performance and the team’s collective effort have not only made headlines but also reinvigorated the spirit of Test cricket. This match will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the most thrilling and unpredictable games in recent times, marking a new chapter in West Indies cricket.