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Shamar Joseph's Magical 7-Wicket Haul Scripts Once-In-A-Generation Win For WI Over AUS 

image-lrx6wpchWest Indies levelled the series 1-1 (Twitter)

Brief Scores: West Indies (1st innings): 311 all out (108 overs) [Joshua Da Silva: 79 (157), Kavem Hodge: 71 (194); Mitchell Starc: 4/82 (24), Josh Hazlewood: 2/38 (20)] & West Indies (2nd innings): 193 all out (72.3 overs) [Kirk McKenzie: 41 (50), Alick Athanaze: 35 (72); Josh Hazlewood: 3/23 (14), Nathan Lyon: 3/42 (22)] defeated Australia (1st innings): 289/9d (53 overs) [Usman Khawaja: 75 (131), Alex Carey: 65 (49); Alzarri Joseph 4/84 (14), Kemar Roach: 3/47 (11)] & Australia (2nd innings): 207 all out (50.5 overs) [Steve Smith: 91* (146), Cameron Green: 42 (73); Shamar Joseph: 7/68 (11.5), Alzarri Joseph: 2/62 (17)] by 8 runs.

West Indies scripted an incredible comeback in the Test series against Australia, concluding in a 1-1 draw after defeating them by eight runs in the final game of the series at The Gabba in Brisbane. The highlight of the match was the remarkable performance of Shamar Joseph, who, despite an injury, bowled with unyielding intensity and skill, leading his team to a narrow 8-run victory in the final match.

Joseph's sensational bowling leads West Indies to historic victory at The Gabba

Early Struggles and Bowling Dominance

Under grey skies that favoured bowlers at the start of day Day 4, Australian batters Cameron Green and Steve Smith initially appeared cautious but eventually settled in. The disciplined bowling attack from the Windies along with the challenging conditions kept the Australian batters in check. However, the game's momentum shifted dramatically with the introduction of Shamar Joseph into the bowling attack.

Joseph's Stellar Bowling Performance

Joseph, who overcame a toe injury from the previous day, bowled with remarkable pace and precision. He first dismissed Green with a stunning delivery and then quickly followed up by taking out Travis Head, showcasing his raw pace and precision. His onslaught continued as he claimed the wickets of Shaun Marsh and Alex Carey, destabilizing the Australian middle order.

Smith's Resistance and the Final Push

Amidst the bowling frenzy, Steve Smith remained unflustered, scoring a crucial fifty that kept the Australian hopes alive. A brief counter-attack from Mitchell Starc attempted to shift the momentum, but Joseph's relentless bowling and a well-earned five-wicket haul soon quashed these efforts.

Thrilling Climax at The Gabba

In the post-dinner session, the match reached a nail-biting crescendo. Australia needed 29 runs with only two wickets in hand. Nathan Lyon's boundary early in the session momentarily raised Australian hopes. However, Joseph continued his exceptional performance, dismissing Lyon and then, in a thrilling finale, claimed the final wicket of Josh Hazlewood to seal the victory for the West Indies.

Joseph's Heroics Seal the Draw

Joseph finished with an outstanding figure of seven wickets for 68 runs, proof of his character and skill, especially given his injury from the previous day. His performance not only helped West Indies to breach the fortress of The Gabba but also marked the first time Australia lost a Day-Night Test match. The match concluded the series in a draw, an impressive feat for West Indies, especially after their heavy defeat in the first Test.