In Bengaluru, Maxwell unleashed an array of strokes, thumping nine sixes and seven fours to hand Australia their first bilateral T20I series win against India, and to end India's run of series wins in the format at home.
Three days before, in Visakhapatnam
, he had made a match-winning half-century but said he had been disappointed for falling towards the end of the chase. In the second and final game of the series, he came in at 22 for 2 and stayed till the end to get his third T20I century.
He began in streaky fashion, top-edging Jasprit Bumrah for six, but as he got into his innings, he grew more confident. He paddled Vijay Shankar's short balls over square leg, whipped a Yuzvendra Chahal half-tracker over midwicket, and crunched Krunal Pandya's full balls through extra cover.
With five overs to go, Australia still needed more than 12 per over to chase down 191 and that's when Maxwell brought out his bag of tricks, with consecutive sixes off Chahal and two fours off Bumrah.
In the 18th over, with victory in sight, Maxwell worked a yorker to the leg side to get to his hundred. Even India captain Virat Kohli, who had made a 38-ball 72 in the match, could not help but applaud at the dominance of his opponent.
The 17th over, from Bumrah, was crucial. Australia still needed 44 to win, but Maxwell drove a length ball from Bumrah through the covers with a shot so elegant that he held the pose for a while, high elbow and all. Three balls later, he picked Bumrah's slower ball, going deep in his crease to muscle it to square leg for another boundary. Dismantling Bumrah at the death took the wind out of the India attack.
Maxwell is the only Australia batsman to score three T20I centuries
. Aaron Finch, with two, is the only other to have more than one.
"I was always trying to attack Bumrah. His over was going to be key. His job was to push the required run rate high, and he's done me a few times before for Mumbai Indians, but I've sort of changed my approach to him. Wait for the ball and capitalise on his pace."
- Glenn Maxwell on countering the Bumrah threat
Virat Kohli, 94 v West Indies, first T20I, Hyderabad
A T20I century may continue to elude Kohli, but this 94 will be remembered for the anger with which he batted. He got into arguments with the umpires and West Indies' bowlers and remonstrated with himself, but he stayed not out to guide India to a six-wicket win.