Maxwell ton fires Australia to T20 series sweep

Afp, Bangalore

1 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

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 international on Wednesday.

Maxwell smashed 113 off 55 balls as the tourists chased down their target of 191 with two balls to spare at Bangalore’s M.Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Maxwell’s knock laced with 7 fours and 9 sixes eclipsed Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s 72 off 38 balls that lifted the hosts to 190 for four after being put into bat first.

“Anytime that you can win any kind of series against India in India is truly special. Glenn Maxwell was truly sensational tonight,” skipper Aaron Finch said after Australia’s first-ever T20 series win in India.

“We’ve been on a journey for the last 10-11 months building upto the World Cup and there has been some pain during the journey.

“We’ve done well to take the blows but also have made some progress, hoping to peak at the right time for the World Cup.”

Australia lost two early wickets in their chase but Maxwell stood his ground with two good partnerships including an unbeaten 99-run stand with Peter Handscomb, who made 20.