Glenn Maxwell smashed a scorching ton to help Australia beat India in the second game of T20I series played in Bengaluru. With this result, Australia managed to win their maiden T20I series against India.
For Australia, it was a historic achievement as they clinched their maiden T20I series win in India. The defeat means the first series loss for Virat Kohli at home across three formats.
Chasing 191 runs to win, Marcus Stoinis once again failed to produce any runs as Siddharth Kaul provided early breakthrough for India. Skipper Aaron Finch’s woeful run continued he was dismissed by Vijay Shankar to see Australia placed in a precarious situation at 22 for 2 after 4 overs.
Opener D’Arcy Short continued his good form in this game as well and added 73 runs with Glenn Maxwell to rebuild the innings for Australia. Short scored 40 off 28 balls with the help of six boundaries. All-rounder Vijay Shankar dismissed Short to see Australia lose their third wicket in the 11th over of the innings.
Peter Handscomb came to the crease and played a supporting role to Glenn Maxwell, who played a scintillating innings under the circumstances.
Maxwell scored unbeaten 113 runs off just 55 balls with the help of seven fours and nine sixes. He was particularly aggressive against the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal, Krunal Pandya and Siddharth Kaul to put pressure back on India.
For India, Jaspreet Bumrah produced a decent performance with the ball. All-rounder Vijay Shankar picked up two wickets in the game. Yuzvendra Chahal and Krunal Pandya failed to pick up wickets in this game as well.
Glenn Maxwell produced a splendid ton to help Australia complete a clean sweep over India in the T20I series
Earlier in the day, Australia won the toss and elected to bowl first. Rohit Sharma was replaced by Shikhar Dhawan for this game. Lokesh Rahul once again got India off to good start and added 61 runs with Dhawan for the opening wicket. Rahul continued his good form and smashed consecutive sixes off the bowling of Jhye Richardson to see India gain momentum in their innings.
He scored 47 runs off 26 balls with the help of three fours and four sixes. Rahul was the first one to go as he was dismissed by pace bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile to see India lose their second wicket. Shikhar Dhawan’s stay at the crease was short as he was dismissed by left-arm seamer Jason Behrendorff.
Indian Captain Virat Kohli led the from the front with the bat and added 100 runs with MS Dhoni to see the side post a competitive score on the board. Kohli scored unbeaten 72 runs off 38 balls with the help of two fours and six sixes. He was well supported by Dhoni, who also produced a brisk innings and scored 40 off 23 balls with the help of three sixes.
Rishabh Pant once again perished for a low score and was dismissed by part-time spinner D’Arcy Short.
For Australia, left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff bowled well and conceded less than six runs an over in his four overs. Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile were expensive and leaked a lot of runs in this game.
The opening game of the one-day series between Australia and India will take place on Sunday in Hyderabad.