India vs Australia 2nd T20: Maxwell’s breathtaking hundred seals series for Australia

Glenn Maxwell 113 not out India Australia 2nd T20 Bangalore cricket

Glenn Maxwell is all smiles upon bringing up his third Twenty20 International hundred

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Glenn Maxwell walloped an unbeaten 113 off just 55 balls to lead Australia to an incredible seven-wicket win over India in the second Twenty20 International in Bangalore.

Being put in to bat first, India got off to a good start as Lokesh Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan amassed a 61-run partnership before Rahul was dismissed by Nathan Coulter-Nile for a 26-ball 47, which included three boundaries and four sixes.

Dhawan went on to score 14 before he was caught by Marcus Stoinis off the bowling of Jason Behrendorff.

Rishabh Pant followed soon after as he was removed by D’Arcy Short for one run.

With India losing three quick wickets, captain Virat Kohli and wicketkeeper MS Dhoni came to the rescue as they put together a 100-run stand, during which Kohli surpassed his fifty, before Dhoni was caught by Australia skipper Aaron Finch at long-off off the bowling of Pat Cummins for a 23-ball 40, which included three boundaries and three sixes.

Kohli went on to score an unbeaten 72, which came off 38 balls and included two boundaries and six sixes, as India finished on 190/4.

Coulter-Nile, Behrendorff, Short and Cummins picked up one wicket apiece.

Chasing 191 to win, Australia lost Marcus Stoinis early on as he was clean bowled by Siddarth Kaul for seven runs.

Finch didn’t fare much better as he was caught by Dhawan at cover off the bowling of Vijay Shankar for eight runs.

Short and Maxwell steadied things with a 73-run partnership before Short was removed by Shankar for a 28-ball 40, which included six boundaries.

Maxwell took over from that point as he dominated the unbeaten 99-run stand he put together with Peter Handscomb.

Maxwell raced past his hundred during the partnership and ended up winning the game for Australia with two balls to spare.

Maxwell concluded the match on 113, which came off 55 balls and included seven boundaries and nine sixes.

Shankar was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Kaul claimed one.

Maxwell was named Man of the Match.

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