Australia stays in contention thanks to Glenn Maxwell's dominance in 3rd T20I against India

Australia stays in contention thanks to Glenn Maxwell's dominance in 3rd T20I against India

Guwahati - In a stunning display of power-hitting, Glenn Maxwell propelled Australia to a miraculous last-ball victory over India, securing the win with a six and three fours from the final four balls of the 20th over in Guwahati.

Maxwell's remarkable 47-ball century, his fourth in T20s, equaled the joint-fastest in the format for an Australian batsman alongside Aaron Finch and Josh Inglis. His outstanding innings eclipsed Ruturaj Gaikwad's explosive unbeaten 123, helping Australia chase down India's imposing target of 223.

Maxwell's century, along with Captain Matthew Wade's contribution of 28, brought Australia back into contention after being behind the pace throughout their pursuit. Needing 21 off the final over from Prasidh Krishna, Maxwell's onslaught, combined with Wade's crucial hits, sealed the incredible victory. Despite this triumph, Australia still trails the five-match series 2-1, with the fourth T20 scheduled for Friday in Raipur.

Ruturaj Gaikwad's explosive innings, making him the first Indian to score a T20 century against Australia, had put the tourists under pressure at the halfway stage. Gaikwad's unbeaten 123, the second-highest by an Indian in the format, capitalized on Australia's second-string bowling attack.

With key players rested, the Australian bowlers, apart from Jason Behrendorff, struggled against Gaikwad's onslaught. The next-in-line attack, including Kane Richardson and Aaron Hardie, faced challenges, with Hardie equalling an unwanted record for the most runs conceded by an Australian in T20Is.

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