Australia recorded their second-highest successful run-chase in T20Is as they defeated India by five wickets in the third match of the five-game series on Tuesday, November 28 at the Barsapara Stadium in Guwahati.

Glenn Maxwell smashed his fourth ODI hundred as the Australia chased down a mammoth target of 223 off the last ball. Australia also recorded the highest successful run-chase in T20Is against the Men in Blue, going past South Africa’s record back in June 2022.

After being put in to bat first, India found themselves in trouble as both Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ishan Kishan departed in quick succession. Jason Behrendorff got the wicket of Jaiswal after Kane Richardson removed Kishan for a duck.

Suryakumar Yadav and Ruturaj Gaikwad brought India back into the game with a partnership of 57 runs for the third wicket. Just when Yadav was looking good for a big score, Aaron Hardie

accounted for his wicket. The Indian captain scored 39 runs off 29 balls before succumbing to a false shot.

Gaikwad, in the meantime, got to his half-century off 32 balls and carried on from where he left off in Trivandrum. Thereafter, the right-hander upped the ante and became the first Indian to score a T20I hundred against the Aussies.

Gaikwad raced to his hundred off 52 balls after which he stayed unbeaten on 123 off 57 balls with the help of 13 fours and seven sixes.

Hardie had an off day as he equaled the record of the most expensive spell by an Australia bowler in T20Is. He finished with figures of 4-0-64-1. The decision to bowl Glenn Maxwell in the final over backfired big time as he leaked 30 runs.

India went on to rack up a huge score of 222 for the loss of three wickets. Tilak Varma also played his part, scoring a quickfire 31 off 24 balls with four fours.
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