The Australian all-rounder, Glenn Maxwell churned out a brilliant athletic effort during ongoing the first T20I of the three-match series between India and Australia in Mohali on Tuesday. The moment came on the third ball of the penultimate over of the Indian innings bowled by Nathan Ellis. Having dismissed Dinesh Karthik on the first ball of the over, Ellis was smashed to the extra-cover boundary by India’s No.8 Harshal Patel off the next ball.
Ellis went slower and full, and Harshal Patel timed the ball well downtown, and the ball seemingly appeared to clear the ropes for a major part of the trajectory. However, Glenn Maxwell, stationed at long-on, got to his left, positioned himself and leaped up to pull the ball back in play, saving five runs for his side.
Here is the video of the incident:
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It was Hardik Pandya though, who stole the show with a fiery unbeaten knock of 71 off 30, helping India post 208/6 after being put in to bat. The all-rounder smashed seven fours and five sixes, with three maximums coming on the last three balls of the innings.
Earlier, KL Rahul played a flamboyant knock as he smashed 55 runs off 35 balls. He got to his 20th score of fifty or more in T20Is off just 32 balls and became the third-fastest ever to surpass the 2000-run mark. He was eventually dismissed by Josh Hazlewood while attempting to smash a pickup shot that landed straight in yeh hands of Nathan Ellis at square leg.
KL Rahul added 68 off 44 for the third wicket with Suryakumar Yadav, after skipper Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli had been dismissed by the fifth over of the Indian innings after Aaron Finch opted to bowl. Suryakumar was the other major contributor with 46 off 25.