Maxwell century fires Australia to T20 series sweep

The Aussies pose for a team

The former Indian captain became the first Indian to smash 350 sixes in worldwide cricket.

Glenn Maxwell hit a breathtaking century to single-handedly lead Australia to a 2-0 series sweep over India with their seven-wicket win in the second Twenty20 global here at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday.

Chasing 191 for victory, Maxwell hit his ninth six and seventh four in consecutive deliveries to bring up the winning runs for his side with two balls remaining, staying unbeaten after a 55-ball knock of 113.

India had scored a below-par 126 with the bat on Sunday.

D'Arcy Short (40) and Maxwell came together then, and their 73-run partnership changed the game in Australia's favour.

With Hardik Pandya ruled out of both T20 games as well as the subsequent ODI series that follows, the absence of India's main all-rounder proved to be a big blow with Vijay Shankar potentially set to play that role in the second game having not featured in the first. We've been on a journey for the last 10-11 months building up to the World Cup and there has been some pain during the journey. Australia outplayed us in all departments and deserved to win. Pant was preferred over him which made any experts believe that it ended the hope of Karthik playing in the ICC World Cup due to start in May.

The stylish right-handed batsman added 100 for the fourth wicket with former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who made 40 off 23 balls.

MS Dhoni hits his 50th six in T20I and 350th six in worldwide cricket during the innings.

Lokesh Rahul once again made good use of his opportunity by getting India off to a strong start with a 26-ball 47 after regular opener Rohit Sharma was rested.

The two teams will now contest a five-match one-day global series, building up to this summer's World Cup which will be held in England and Wales. Rahul first holed out to third man off Nathan Coulter-Nile, and Shikhar Dhawan (14) was caught by a diving Marcus Stoinis off Jason Behrendorff.

'It is a pretty short series to summarise the performances but 190 is a good total.

"When Maxi plays an innings like that, you can't do too much", India captain Virat Kohli.



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