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2nd T20I: Happy to rectify mistakes from last game, win gives us confidence in tour, says centurion Glenn Maxwell

Maxwell took the game away from India, who should have defended 190 for four after Kohli and  Dhoni shared a 100-run stand for the fourth wicket to take the hosts to a competitive total.  

Written by: India TV Sports Desk, Bengaluru [ Published on: February 27, 2019 23:58 IST ]
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2nd T20I: Happy to rectify mistakes from last game, win gives us confidence in tour, says centurion Glenn Maxwell

A Virat Kohli-MS Dhoni show was overshadowed by a blitzkrieg put on by the 'Big Show' as Australia thumped the Men in Blue by 7 wickets to win their maiden T20I series in India. 

Maxwell (113 not out off 55 balls) went on a rampage, smashing as many as nine sixes on way to his third century in the shortest format. He took the game away from India, who should have defended 190 for four after Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni shared a 100-run stand for the fourth wicket to take the hosts to a competitive total.

In the end, Australia cantered to a famous seven-wicket win with Maxwell fittingly finishing the game with a six and four.

Prior to the game, Australia had never beaten India in a T20 series, home or away. They had beaten India way back in 2008 at Melbourne but that was a one-off game.

"It feels really good. We haven't had a lot of success here of late. To come over here and perform like we have has started it off well for us on this tour. It helps a big bulk of T20 cricket in the domestic tournament back home," said Maxwell in the post-match presentation ceremony.

Australia remained very much in the game with Maxwell plundering the Indian attack in the middle. It was anyone's game as Australia needed 60 off the last 30 balls with seven wickets in hand, but the 'Big Show' pulled out his big guns to guide Australia home.

"Having confidence in my game also has helped a lot and it feels great to contribute to two special wins. Was a pretty good wicket and we could afford to wait for the loose balls. We knew that it could be easier against the quicks, anything around 12 rpo, we fancied to chase that down. After D'Arcy's dismissal, it was upto me to drive the rest of the innings," said the Man of the Match and Series. 

Maxwell didn't break a sweat as he smashed Yuzvendra Chahal for two handsome sixes, including a spectacular reverse hit, to tilt the game in Australia's favour.

"We had a lot of chaos in the last game but we corrected that tonight," concluded Maxwell. 

The visitors kept themselves in the chase despite a shaky start which saw them being reduced to 22/2 in four overs.

The confidence would be a great boost for the visitors as they now take on India in a five-match ODI series, starting March 2.

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