India vs Australia 2nd T20I: Glenn Maxwell’s century helps Australia clinch series

Australia defeated India by seven wickets to clinch the T20I series by 2-0. For Aussies, it was Glenn Maxwell who scored an unbeaten hundred (113 not out off 55 balls) and hit the winning runs in the last over of the second match in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

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New Delhi: Australia defeated India by seven wickets to clinch the T20I series by 2-0. For Aussies, it was Glenn Maxwell who scored an unbeaten hundred (113 not out off 55 balls) and hit the winning runs in the last over of the second match in Bengaluru on Wednesday. For India captain Virat Kohli, this was the first series loss as a skipper at home across all formats.

Batting first, India scored a competitive 190/4 where Kohli contributed with an unbeaten 72 off 38 balls. However, Maxwell’s innings snuffed out India’s hopes as the visitors chased the target with two balls to spare.

Maxwell plundered the Indian bowling attack smashing as many as nine sixes before going to register his third century in the shortest format.

However, Australia failed to get off to a good start as they lost Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis early on with the scoreboard reading 22/2. But from thereon, D’ Arcy Short (40) and Maxwell forged a crucial 73-run stand which enabled the visitors to get back into the match.

The presence of dew also did not help the Indian bowlers as they struggled to control their line and lengths. All the Indian bowlers conceded runs at more than seven and a half per over with Yuzvendra Chahal being the most expensive of the lot (47 in his four overs).

With a series win at stake, Australia opted to field for the second time in a row. India made three changes to their side by resting Rohit Sharma and bringing back Shikhar Dhawan to open alongside Rahul. Vijay Shankar replaced Mayank Markande while fast bowler Umesh Yadav made way for Siddharth Kaul.

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