Glenn Maxwell’s record-equalling ton steers tourists to victory.
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Glenn Maxwell hit the joint-fastest T20 century for Australia.

Keeping alive their series hopes against India, Australia won five-wickets in Guwahati behind Glenn Maxwell’s joint-fastest T20 century.

In a knock that contained eight fours and eight sixes, Maxwell scored an unbeaten 104 not out from 48 balls.

With Ruturaj Gaikwad’s 123 not out from 57 balls, Australia set a target of 223, which they reached off the final ball.

The series is now 2-1 in favor of India with two matches remaining.

The Australia bowler Jason Behrendorff, who returned figures of 1-12 from his four overs, described it as a remarkable game of cricket.

Our goal is to win the series, and we are one step closer to doing so. To put on a performance like that was special, and we will take that momentum into the next game.”

A team’s chances of winning the five-match series depended on winning the third T20 match.

At 81-3 in the eleventh over with Tilak Varma partnering Gaikwad, India started slowly.

With Gaikwad becoming the first Indian player to score a century in a T20 match against Australia, the pair put on 141 runs, including 30 runs off Maxwell’s final over.

As a result, Australia fell from 66-1 to 134-5 and needed 43 off the final two overs to win.

Wade hit Axar Patel for a six and two fours in Australia’s penultimate over as Maxwell made history with his century. In emulating Aaron Finch and Josh Inglis, he reached three figures in 47 balls, the joint-fastest in T20 history by an Australian.

Maxwell struck a six from the third delivery, and followed it with three fours to snag victory in a memorable final over.