Glenn Maxwell scored his 4th T20I century against India, which single-handedly guided Australia to a thrilling 5-wicket victory. The high-scoring game thriller during the IND vs AUS 3rd T20I 2023 on 28th November witnessed an extraordinary run chase by Glenn Maxwell at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati.
Maxwell’s one-man show kept the Aussies alive in the 5-match T20I series with 2-1.
The IND vs AUS 3rd T20I 2023 witnessed centuries from Ruturaj Gaikwad and Glenn Maxwell in the same match.
Glenn Maxwell’s unbeaten knock completely overshadowed Ruturaj Gaikwad’s maiden century. Indeed, it was Ruturaj’s career-best knock that helped Team India set a mammoth target against the Aussies.
Team India posted a high total despite getting off to a shaky start. Suryakumar Yadav and his men had high hopes of sealing the 5-match T20I series by winning the 3rd T20I match sequentially.
The hopes were further enhanced for Team India as well as the Indian cricket fans, after reaching a total of above 200 runs consecutively for the third time in this series.
Interestingly, Glenn Maxwell single-handedly steered his team successfully to the 8th-highest run chases in T20Is.
IND vs AUS 3rd T20I 2023: Decision after winning the toss
Australian skipper Matthew Wade decided to bowl first after winning the toss during the IND vs AUS 3rd T20I 2023.
The Aussies were unable to chase a huge target in their previous match of this series despite winning the toss and inviting the hosts to bat first.
Following the results of the previous match, Matthew Wade and his men were keen to chase the target, regardless if it was low or high.
Indian Team Batting: IND vs AUS 3rd T20I 2023
The IND vs AUS 3rd T20I 2023 match began with the unbalanced start of the men-in-blue batting performance. Team India instantly lost their opening batsmen without making any impressive score:
- Yashasvi Jaiswal: 6 runs from 6 balls ( including 1 four)
- Ishan Kishan: 0 from 5 balls
Indian skipper Suryakumar Yadav arrived on the crease at 24-2 in 2.3 overs.
After Ishan Kishan’s dismissal, Suryakumar Yadav resurrected India’s innings by maintaining a 57-run partnership with Ruturaj Gaikwad.
Despite Aaron Hardie conceding many runs, the crucial wicket of Suryakumar Yadav fetched some hopes for the Aussies.
SKY’s crucial knock of 39 runs from 29 balls ( including 5 fours and 2 sixes) helped team India reach a total of 80-2 in 10 overs. Fans were emotional after Suryakumar Yadav’s dismissal as Team India scored the same total for the first 10 overs during the CWC 2023 finals.
Ruturaj Gaikwad along with Tilak Varma completely exploded against the Aussies for the remaining 10 overs of the 1st innings.
The CSK opener proves once again why MS Dhoni counts him as the most talented player in the IPL.
Ruturaj Gaikwad played a blistering knock of 123 runs from just 57 balls( including 13 fours and 7 sixes).
Tilak Varma supported Ruturaj by scoring 31 runs from 24 balls( including 4 fours).
The duo maintained a 141-run partnership from just 69 deliveries and steered Team India to a huge total of 222-3 in 20 overs.
Transition of Ruturaj Gaikwad’s score: IND vs AUS 3rd T20I 2023 match
- Ruturaj Gaikwad’s score at the end of 10th over: 21 runs from 21 balls
- Ruturaj Gaikwad’s score at the completion of 20th over: 123 runs from 57 balls
Initially, the Indian opener played a constructive innings for the first 10 overs. The above interesting stats indicate Ruturaj’s destructive mode in the last 10 overs by scoring the remaining 102 runs from just 36 balls.
Moreover, Ruturaj Gaikwad with his maiden international century, becomes the 2nd highest-scoring batsman for Team India in T20Is. Shubman Gill leads the race with the highest individual T20I score of 126 runs against New Zealand in 2023.
IND vs AUS 3rd T20I 2023: Australia’s Successful run chase
Defending a gigantic total of 222 runs in 20 overs, the Indian bowlers, being cushioned, needed to handle the Aussies by taking wickets consistently.
The Aussies fumbled initially while chasing a huge target by losing wickets instantly of these crucial performers:
- Aaron Hardie ( 16 runs from 12 balls- including 3 fours): Dismissed by Arshdeep Singh at 47-1 in 4.2 overs.
- Travis Head ( 35 runs from 18 balls- including 8 fours): Dismissed by Avesh Khan at 66-2 in 5.4 overs.
- Josh Inglis (10 runs from 6 balls- including 2 fours): Dismissed by Ravi Bishnoi at 68-3 in 6.2 overs.
Glenn Maxwell had to once again recreate the sensational moments of his double-century knock against the Afghans by single-handedly chasing the target.
Chasing a huge target isn’t the toughest task for Glenn Maxwell, with his proven ability in the World Cup 2023 match against Afghanistan.
Glenn Maxwell’s one-man show in IND vs AUS 3rd T20I 2023:
The 8th over bowled by Prasidh Krishna was completely targeted by Glenn Maxwell.
Maxwell took advantage of Prasidh’s Krishna no-ball to score as many runs as possible
The Australian all-rounder smashed 2 sixes and 2 fours, which resulted in 23 runs coming from that single over.
Later, Maxwell maintained a 60-run partnership with Marcus Stionis, (17 runs from 21 balls- including 2 fours).
Marcus struggled to score runs and was aided by Glenn Maxwell during the chase.
The instant dismissals of Marcus Stionis and Tim David revived Team India’s hope to defend the target.
But, Maxwell reached his half-century in just 58 balls indicating to his team that the chase was still ON!
Maxwell’s assault after 15 overs in IND vs AUS 3rd T20I 2023:
After 15 overs, the Indian bowlers were completely confident of defending the target. Australia with 145-5 in 15 overs, needed to score 79 runs from the last 30 balls to chase the target.
Here’s how Glenn Maxwell brutally targetted the Indian bowlers from the 16th over:
16th Over: 13 runs
Maxwell struck a six and a four of this over bowled by Avesh Khan.
17th Over: 16 runs
Maxwell smashed back-to-back sixes in this over bowled by Arshdeep Singh. Also, it includes four singles taken between Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Wade
18th Over: 6 runs
Glenn Maxwell wasn’t able to target the 18th over bowled by Prasidh Krishna. Additionally, Matthew Wade’s catch was dropped by none other than the Indian skipper Suryakumar Yadav.
The Indian skipper dropping the catch of the Australian skipper provided a huge lifeline.
19th Over: 22 runs
The lifeline provided by Suryakumar Yadav’s dropped catch encouraged Matthew Wade to assault the Indian bowlers.
Axar Patel delivering a no-ball, three fours, and six fetched 22 runs from this over.
20th Over:23 runs
Matthew Wade struck a four off the first ball and ensured that Maxwell was back on strike to finish the game under pressure.
Prasidh Krishna was once again targetted by Glenn Maxwell in the final over by smashing 2 sixes and 2 fours.
Maxwell’s 104 runs from just 48 balls(including 8 fours and 8 sixes) propelled Australia to successfully chase the gigantic total.
The 91-run Partnership between Glenn Maxwell and Australian skipper Matthew Wade was ultimately the turning point of the match.
Finally, Ruturaj Gaikwad’s brilliant century went in vain as Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Wade navigated Australia to score 225-5 in 20 overs.