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Cricket legend Brian Lara in tears as West Indies defeat Australia

It was the first time West Indies beat Aussies in Test since 1997
Screengrab via X/@ESPNcricinfo
Screengrab via X/@ESPNcricinfo

West Indian great Brian Lara was in tears as West Indies defeated Australia by eight runs in one of the most exciting Test matches at the Gabba on Sunday.

Shamar Joseph was the visitors’ undisputed hero of the day as Injured pace bowler Shamar Joseph produced a stunning spell of fast bowling to lead his side to one of the greatest upsets in Test history.

He got a seven-wicket haul to help his side’s first Test win at the Australian soil since 1997.

Lara who was commentating at the end of the match could not control his emotions as Ian Smith commentated on the last ball of the match.

Video footage showed former Australian batter Adam Gilchrist hugging Lara after Joseph took the final wicket of Mitchell Starc.

The visitors were beaten inside three days in Adelaide last week and were expected to suffer a similar fate in the day-night Test in Brisbane.

But after bowling the hosts out for 207 in the second session Sunday, the West Indies recorded their first win in Australia since they last tasted victory in Perth in 1997.

West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite struggled to contain his emotions after the match.

“It means everything, playing with the legend Brian Lara watching, playing in Australia, a place we haven’t won in a number of years,” he said.

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