Australia’s star batter, Glenn Maxwell, delivered a breathtaking performance, equalling India’s Rohit Sharma’s world record for the most centuries in T20 International cricket. Maxwell’s unbeaten century played a pivotal role in guiding Australia to a last-ball victory against India in the third T20I of the five-match series at the Barsapara Stadium in Guwahati.
In a high-stakes match, Australia successfully chased down a challenging target of 223 runs, marking the highest successful run-chase recorded by a team against India in T20 Internationals. The match showcased exceptional cricketing skills, intense competition, and culminated in a nail-biting finish that left fans on the edge of their seats.
Maxwell’s Record-Equalling Century:
Maxwell’s innings was nothing short of spectacular, scoring an unbeaten 104 off just 48 deliveries. His innings included a display of power-hitting, featuring eight boundaries and an equal number of sixes. The Australian batter reached his century with a flurry of boundaries and a six off India’s Prasidh Krishna in the final four balls of the match, securing the victory for Australia.
This achievement also marked Maxwell’s 100th T20 International appearance for Australia, adding an extra layer of significance to his record-equaling century. Notably, both Maxwell and Rohit Sharma now share the record for the most centuries in T20I cricket, each having scored four centuries in the shortest format of the game.
Impactful Moments of the Match:
The thrilling encounter witnessed several remarkable moments. In the first innings, India faced early setbacks with the dismissals of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ishan Kishan. However, Ruturaj Gaikwad’s explosive innings, an unbeaten 123 off just 52 balls, steered India to a formidable total of 222 for 3. Gaikwad’s innings included 13 fours and seven sixes, leaving a significant impact on the match.
Australia’s innings saw a rapid start from Travis Head, but quick wickets by the Indian side tightened the game. Following Head’s dismissal, Maxwell took center stage, playing a match-winning innings that showcased his experience and composure.
Series Alive, Next Stop Raipur:
With this thrilling victory, Australia kept their hopes alive in the five-match series after losing the opening two matches in Vizag and Thiruvananthapuram. The upcoming fourth match, scheduled in Raipur on December 1, promises to be another intense battle between the two cricketing giants.
Maxwell’s performance not only secured a crucial win for Australia but also etched his name alongside Rohit Sharma in the record books. As the series unfolds, cricket enthusiasts anticipate more enthralling moments and exceptional performances on the T20I stage.