|India v Australia: Third T20, Guwahati
|India 222-3 (20 overs): Gaikwad 123* (57); Behrendorf 1-12
|Australia 225-5 (20 overs): Maxwell 104* (48); Bishnoi 2-32
|Australia won by five wickets
Glenn Maxwell hit a joint-speed T20 century for Australia as the tourists kept their series hopes alive against India in Guwahati.
Maxwell smashed an unbeaten 104 not out in 48 balls, in a knock that contained eight fours and eight sixes.
Ruturaj Gaikwad’s equally brilliant 123 not out from 57 balls helped set Australia a target of 223, which they reached with the last ball.
India now lead the series 2-1 with two matches to play.
“It was a remarkable game of cricket,” said Australian bowler Jason Behrendorff, who returned 1-12 from his four overs.
“We’re looking to get a series win and we’re one step closer to that. To put in a performance like that is special and we’ll be looking to take that momentum into the next game.”
Australia know they need to win the third T20 in the five-match series to stand any chance of winning the series.
India started slowly and were 81-3 in the 11th over, when captain Suryakumar Yadav came in to partner Gaikwad.
Their explosive partnership put up 141 runs, where Gaikwad became the first Indian player to score a T20 century against Australia.
In reply, Australia fell from 66-1 to 134-5.
Maxwell, however, went on to make history in his century. He reached three figures from 47 balls, the joint-fastest by an Australian in T20 history, equaling Aaron Finch and Josh Inglis.
The next ball after passing 100, he hit a four to seal a five-wicket victory.
The fourth T20 will take place in Raipur on Friday, with the series concluding on Sunday in Bengaluru.
Both sides are set to have less experienced squads for the rest of the series.
Suryakumar was the only Indian player who featured in the World Cup final defeat against Australia nine days ago to have played in the third T20.
For Australia, World Cup winners Maxwell, Inglis, Marcus Stoinis, Steve Smith, Adam Zampa and Sean Abbott will all return home, leaving Head as India’s only World Cup winner.
Wicketkeepers Josh Philippe and Ben McDermott, left-arm pace bowler Ben Dwarshuis and off-spinner Chris Green will all join the squad for the rest of the tour.