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India vs Australia, 3rd T20I at Guwahati, IND v AUS, Nov 28 2023 - Ball by Ball Commentary

RESULT
3rd T20I (N), Guwahati, November 28, 2023, Australia tour of India
222/3
(20 ov, T:223) 225/5

Australia won by 5 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
104* (48)
glenn-maxwell
Cricinfo's MVP
165.79 ptsImpact List
ruturaj-gaikwad
New
AUS
Full commentary
end of over 2023 runs
AUS: 225/5CRR: 11.25 
Glenn Maxwell104 (48b 8x4 8x6)
Matthew Wade28 (16b 3x4 1x6)
Prasidh Krishna 4-0-68-0
Axar Patel 4-0-37-1

That's all we have from today. What a series it has been, and who would have thought so soon after the World Cup. Centuries from Inglis, Gaikwad and Maxwell, a last-ball thriller at the start which wasn't a last-ball thriller, five 200-plus totals in six innings, and sadly not much for the bowlers, except learning how to bowl in such unfriendly conditions. There is, of course, the larger picture of the T20 World Cup in just over six months, and the smaller picture today's game ensures the series stays alive. Next game on December 1 in Raipur, so see you that day. Until then, goodbye and good luck!

Vks: "Arshdeep and Prasidh need to improve vastly to be ready for International Cricket. They are still not at the same level."

Rajesh: "Why play Prasidh over Mukesh Kumar? Mukesh's death bowling had been the best in this line-up." Mukesh wasn't available because he has gone for a wedding, his own.

Naresh: "Not only the byes, Ishan also caused a no ball "

The presentation...

Maxwell, who is cramping again, says Deep Dasgupta: It all went by pretty quickly. The dew obviously makes it difficult to hold on to, we knew it was going to be hard work to bowl yorkers, and there probably wasn't a number in our head at the back-end to set ourselves to. We thought if we can stay in the hunt until the last over, we can give ourselves a chance, you never know it might come off the middle and you might stay in the game. We did really well to stay in the game until the final over. Knowing that Axar had one over left meant Wadey had to be out there to cash in and I was trying to take on all the pace bowlers and get the run rate under a little bit under control. The way Wadey controlled the other end and got me through the back-end of my innings and he was brilliant out there.

Wade: You don't get much better than that (the chase). It was hard work getting those 20 overs out and obviously getting the injury late to Kane threw a spanner in the works for the last few overs. It was always going to take our best and [Maxwell] one of the best players that's ever played T20s for Australia played his 100th game and got a hundred, so pretty special for him. I wouldn't say "confident" was on my mind, but we knew here we can bat in chases. When we had five overs left but unfortunately Kane Richardson hurt himself so we were one short and had to bowl Maxi. We really needed this win and a lot of guys are heading home so a chance for the younger ones and hopefully we can take it to the decider with another win. I wouldn't say "confident" was my first thought (to chase 222), but I was pretty grumpy after handing Maxi the last over; before that one went for 30 I thought we were right in the game but unfortunately that one went for 30 and I was more grumpy than confident. Tim David was speaking about being three down that you can bat in chases here and it's hard to hold the ball so we got it done today. When we had five overs left (while bowling), but unfortunately Kane Richardson hurt himself so we were one short and I was hoping we can get a wicket at some stage in those last four overs and then Maxi could get that over out but unfortunately we didn't get a wicket and managed to go for a few runs but all in good fun. Maxi wouldn't have got that hundred if he hadn't tossed those 30 anyway. We really needed this win and a lot of guys are heading home so a chance for the younger ones to learn how to play in India. Hopefully we can take it to the decider with another win in the next game.

SKY: We just wanted to get Maxi out quickly (laughs), that was the plan. But when you're defending 222 with so much dew you have to give something to the bowlers. I felt like how we played at Trivandrum, there was heavy dew, they lost wickets early but wickets in hand for them meant they were always in the game. I told the boys in the drinks break to get Maxwell out quickly but that was insane. I gave Axar the 19th over because he has bowled the 19th and 20th overs before so he's experienced as well and I've always thought an experienced bowler in the end, even if a spinner, with heavy dew there's always a chance. Fantastic knock from Gaikwad, he took the innings deep after I got out. I've always said in franchise cricket as well that he's a special player and the way he batted, he showed it. I'm very proud of my boys.

11pm: What was also astonishing about Maxwell today was that he always knew he could do it an till he was there, Australia were always in the game, unlike that match in Mumbai against Afghanistan, when he started thinking of the win much later in the chase. The way he smiled and did that airplane celebration with his arms spread out and smiled, it was like he knew he would do it. There were also a lot of frustrating moments for him when he didn't connect properly or when he missed a few against Prasidh's six-run 18th over.

10.45pm When he did it in Mumbai, the crowd at Wankhede absolutely loved it because they first saw some great bowling from Afghanistan and then a knock of a lifetime from Maxwell. But today this crowd in Guwahati is left stunned and their entire week has been spoilt by the same man in such similar fashion. A chase that was slipping out of their hands, early wickets lost, the asking rate climbing, a spectacular century, and even though he had made batters for company, he still had to do the heavy lifting especially when Stoinis was batting and until Wade took off. How crucial was that one extra fielder in the circle for the last over? Massive handshakes and ear-to-ear smiles in the Australian dugout because they keep the series alive and that's the parting gift for them from Maxwell. Some records tumbled, obviously, all being sent to me by Sampath:

Maxwell equals Rohit's record for most T20I hundreds.

Maxwell is the first to score a hundred in his 100th T20I. Previous highest score in 100th T20I was 85 by Rohit Sharma.

Prasidh broke record for most runs conceded by an Indian bowler in a men's T20I.

And 53 runs came in the 20th over across both innings in this match, the most for any men's T20 game where we have BBB data.

Most target runs successfully chased in the 20th over in men's T20Is:

21 - AUS vs IND, 2023 Guwahati

19 - WI vs ENG, 2016 Kolkata

19 - SL vs AUS, 2022 Pallekele

Behrendorff: It's a remarkable game but the main thing for me is we got the win. It's a happy hunting ground for me, I've played here twice, picked wickets and not given too many runs by taking advantage of the conditions. Victory is something you always try for when you play for Australia. It's a pretty exciting group and we want to take the momentum forward.

Suyog : "How crucial was that miss by Ishan Kishan to gift 4 byes."

19.6
4
Prasidh to Maxwell, FOUR runs

Maxwell has done it and stunned the crowd! Full, straight, and Maxwell sends it back straight over the bowler's head to run into Wade's hug with a massive smile that didn't leave him since his fifty

Two to win, one for Super Over. Gaikwad, Kishan, SKY and Prasidh in a conference now, Axar joins them too. Maxwell and Wade take their helmets off to breathe. Some fans have their faces buried in their hands, some are biting away at their nails, some praying, some on their feet

19.5
4
Prasidh to Maxwell, FOUR runs

Maxwell gets to another stunning century! It's a full toss - was it above the waist though - and Maxwell won't leave that. He heaves it to to leg and finds the gap between long-on and deep midwicket to send it to the boundary for four

Six off two, Maxwell on 96

19.4
4
Prasidh to Maxwell, FOUR runs

the crowd cannot believe it, it's four more! Short and wide, slices that late and even though the connection didn't look good enough this time, it was enough to beat a sprinting deep third behind square

10 off three

19.3
6
Prasidh to Maxwell, SIX runs

it's too wide on the off side, he has a lot of room to free his arms and he waits before slicing that right over Rinku Singh's head at deep cover. The field placement was right, but the connection even better

Maxwell to face with 16 needed off four. Deep third, deep cover, long-off and deep midwicket for him. Can't bowler on the leg side

19.2
1
Prasidh to Wade, 1 run

it's a slower one at 122.4kmh nearly in the block hole and Wade middles the lofted drive, doesn't carry to deep cover though

Deep third, deep cover, long-off and long-on in the deep. Now midwicket goes deep and mid-on comes in. Wide yorker or slower ones coming up?

19.1
4
Prasidh to Wade, FOUR runs

starts with a short ball at 135.5kmh and Wade will take that happily because there's pace on the ball, fine leg is in the deep, and he can pull that late to send it crashing into the long leg boundary

22 from the last over, they need 21 more. Prasidh's last over gave India a lot of confidence though. India are behind the over rate so only four fielders in the deep

end of over 1922 runs
AUS: 202/5CRR: 10.63 RRR: 21.00 • Need 21 runs from 6b
Glenn Maxwell86 (44b 5x4 7x6)
Matthew Wade23 (14b 2x4 1x6)
Axar Patel 4-0-37-1
Prasidh Krishna 3-0-45-0
18.6
4b
Axar Patel to Maxwell, 4 byes

beats Maxwell's bat but Kishan misses it and it's gone for four byes! Outside off, Maxwell takes out the reverse, the ball goes under the bat and Kishan puts his hand up to apologise after missing that

18.5
1
Axar Patel to Wade, 1 run

95kmh, doesn't give him the length or width now, Wade swings again but mistimes it to long-on for one

18.4
6
Axar Patel to Wade, SIX runs

fuller now towards Wade, he goes down on a knee and dispatches that high into the sky on the leg side, smoking it for a six over long-on!

18.4
1nb
Axar Patel to Wade, (no ball)

well wide outside off to try and beat Wade's bat, and it does beat his bat. It's called a wide but Kishan has whipped the bails off quickly and they're checking for a stumping now. No edge first of all, going by the protocol. Wade's back foot his outside the crease when he misses the ball, but Kishan's collection is such that the third umpire says his gloves are not completely behind the stumps, so that's not legal and called a no-ball

18.3
4
Axar Patel to Wade, FOUR runs

just over SKY for four more! Outside off, Wade frees his arms with hard hands again, and the ball just evades a leaping SKY at cover to find the gap in the deep

18.2
2
Axar Patel to Wade, 2 runs

short and towards the hips, Wade pulls it away towards long leg and Tilak Varma does very well to cover ground to his left and save two

Now 43 off 12

18.1
4
Axar Patel to Wade, FOUR runs

too full to Wade and he absolutely muscles that through the covers, beats a diving long-off as well for four!

end of over 186 runs
AUS: 180/5CRR: 10.00 RRR: 21.50 • Need 43 runs from 12b
Glenn Maxwell86 (43b 5x4 7x6)
Matthew Wade6 (8b)
Prasidh Krishna 3-0-45-0
Arshdeep Singh 4-0-44-1
17.6
Prasidh to Maxwell, no run

it's another dot ball and this one ends the over! Maxwell so livid again. He goes across to off to target the leg side, Prasidh sends it way wide on the off side, well outside the line too, but that line moves with the batter and it's not called a wide. Maxwell looks at the umpire, then back at the keeper, then the umpire again and punches the pitch in disgust

Maxwell and Wade have a quick chat mid pitch

17.6
1w
Prasidh to Maxwell, 1 wide

too short, good bounce, and it's a wide outside off

17.5
1
Prasidh to Wade, 1 run

SKY nearly takes a stunner at cover! Wade flays the full ball through the covers, SKY dives nearly full length to his left with both hands and gets both too, but can't hold on to it

17.4
1
Prasidh to Maxwell, 1 run

now a slower ball, this one dips too, there's no pace at all, and Maxwell swings down the ground with no timing at all towards long-on and it falls short. Maxwell hardly ran initially, probably thinking it would be caught

17.3
Prasidh to Maxwell, no run

a dot ball and Maxwell is livid with himself! Maxwell moves to off to swing it to leg, Prasidh doesn't take any pace off this time and Maxwell misses it completely

17.2
2
Prasidh to Maxwell, 2 runs

excellent slower one outside off that dips on him, Maxwell waits and waits before swatting it to wide long-on for two

17.1
1
Prasidh to Wade, 1 run

swings big on off only for a leading edge in the air but it falls well short of deep third. Brings Maxwell on strike

India were 155 for 3 at this time. 50 to get off 19 and Prasidh will bowl the 18th and 20th. Wade on strike

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Over 20 • AUS 225/5

Australia won by 5 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)
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