Chasing a big target in a T20 international is never easy considering the scoreboard pressure, the quality of the opponent’s bowling, and the falling of wickets at regular intervals. Reaching the three-figure mark while batting first is comparatively easier because of the no pressure of the run-chase. Many have done the job while successfully chasing in a T20I but the one with the most centuries in such situations is Australia’s Glenn Maxwell.
A total of 14 players have smashed a hundred in a successful run-chase in a T20 international and there are two other batters, Babar Azam and Muhammad Waseem who have hit two tons each. But the destructive Australian Maxwell tops the chart with three tons in successful T20I run chases.
The first instance came against arch-rivals England in Hobart in 2018 when Maxwell struck an unbeaten 103 off just 58 with ten fours and four maximums. The English side batted first and posted 155/9 in their allotted 20 overs. In reply, Maxwell, at no. four played a whirlwind knock that took his side home. The right-handed player won the Player of the Match award for his scintillating innings.
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The second instance took place against Asian giants India in Bangalore in 2019 where Maxwell hammered an unbeaten 113 off just 55. India batted first and posted a competitive total of 190/4 on the board. Maxwell, who batted at no. four slammed, seven fours and nine towering maximums to guide his side to a memorable victory at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
The third and final ton came in the recently concluded series against India in Guwahati where he again showcased his brutal power. The home side batted first and reached a massive total of 222/3 in their allotted 20 overs courtesy of Ruturaj Gaikwad’s unbeaten 123 off 57. In reply, the Big Show smacked 104 not out off just 48 with eight fours and as many sixes as the Aussies sealed the deal by five wickets.