In yet another white-ball spectacle, Glenn Maxwell, living up to his ‘Big Show’ nickname, showcased his prowess against Indian bowlers, steering Australia to a remarkable victory. Following Australia’s ODI World Cup triumph on Indian soil, Maxwell’s breathtaking century salvaged the second-string Aussie side’s pride in the series decider against Suryakumar Yadav and company.
Overshadowing Ruturaj Gaikwad’s record-breaking inning, Maxwell’s brilliant century at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium secured a historic win for Australia. Despite an over-rate penalty, Maxwell’s onslaught in the final over, where he smashed 18 runs off the last four balls, etched his name into the record books.
Facing a daunting 225-run target, Maxwell’s unbeaten 104 off 48 balls propelled Australia to their first win of the T20I series.
In the post-match presentation, Suryakumar revealed India’s strategy to dismiss the in-form Maxwell early, acknowledging the challenge posed by the Australian. Despite their efforts, Maxwell’s sensational performance proved unstoppable, leaving the Indian team in awe. As Maxwell completed his century in just 49 balls, he now holds the record for the most T20I centuries (3) in successful run chases.
“Told the boys, we’ll try and get Maxwell out quickly but it didn’t happen, it was insane. Axar is an experienced bowler, thought there’s always a chance for an experienced bowler even if it’s a spinner when there’s dew,” said Suryakumar Yadav in the post-match ceremony.
While Maxwell made headlines for his heroics, Indian speedster Prasidh Krishna faced embarrassment, conceding 23 runs in the final over and setting an unwanted record in Guwahati. Krishna’s figures of 68 runs in four overs marked the most runs conceded by an Indian bowler in a T20I match, surpassing Yuzvendra Chahal’s previous record of 64 runs against South Africa in 2018.