Put into bat, India scored 126-7. In reply, Australia was reduced to 5-2 by the third over with Bumrah trapping Aaron Finch for a first-ball duck. Maxwell then smacked his way to a sixth T20I half-century off 40 balls as he gave impetus to the Australian innings with six fours and two sixes.
Maxwell holed out off Yuzvendra Chahal in the 14th over, caught at long off.
“We probably should have lost and if it wasn’t for Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson pulling something out of the hat,” said Glenn Maxwell.
Despite his magnificent fifty, he is still unsure of his place in Australia’s World Cup squad.
“I have no idea if I’m going to be in that World Cup squad or what number I’m going to bat, so I suppose it just comes down to opportunity – if I can keep making most of opportunities like tonight,” he said.
“It would have been nice to finish it off, but I chose that Chahal (over) as my time to go tonight and I still back that as the right decision.
“If I can turn those sorts of innings into not-out, 75-ish, and be consistent that way, I think I can probably go a long way in penciling my name for the World Cup and hopefully continue that job for the rest of this year.”