Glenn Maxwell notched up his third Twenty20 International century to lead Australia to a historic series win. @ Twitter/ICC

Bengaluru: Glenn Maxwell has not been given the epithet of the Big Show for no reason. Cometh the hour and Maxwell delivers, his 113-run unbeaten blazing knock leading Australia to a memorable seven-wicket victory in the second Twenty20 International against India at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

Australia have thus created history as they have bagged their maiden T20 International bilateral series on India soil after clinching the two-match series 2-0. The series loss also means the first across all formats at home for Virat Kohli as India captain. (ALSO READ: Glenn Maxwell joins Rohit Sharma, Colin Munro with three (or more) T20I hundreds)

Chasing a challenging 191, Australia lost Marcus Stoinis for 7 after he was cleaned up Siddharth Kaul, who replaced Umesh Yadav. Skipper Aaron Finch’s poor form continued after he was dismissed for just 8 off Vijay Shankar.

Maxwell and D’Arcy Short then forged 73 runs for the third wicket as the duo set the tone for the run-chase. Short slammed as many as six boundaries en route to his 28-ball 40.

Man of the moment, Maxwell then took centre-stage with Peter Handscomb playing second fiddle after the departure of Short as Bengaluru witnessed a Maxwell marvel roll out in the middle.

With Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal being among the only experienced strike bowlers in the bowling arsenal, Kohli had no options but to hand the ball to Shankar and Krunal Pandya. (ALSO READ: Glenn Maxwell is a freak, can play shots other people can’t: Peter Handscomb)

Maxwell tore the Indian bowling attack to shreds and slammed nine huge hits and seven boundaries in his 113 not out that came in an incredible 55 deliveries.

Earlier, Kohli’s belligerent 72* off just 38 deliveries, well supported by Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s 40 off 23 powered India to 190/4.

Put into bat, openers KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan took their time to settle down before Rahul continued his fine form at his home ground and unleashed a flurry of strokes.

After a watchful start in the first couple of overs, Rahul smashed one between point and cover off Jason Behrendorff. In the next over, he helped it over short fine leg. The highlight of his fiery knock was in the fifth over in which he bludgeoned consecutives sixes off Jhye Richardson. Rahul tragetted the deep fine-leg for his first maximum and then with a punch drive, smashed one over all the way over cover.

The Karnataka batsman raced to 47 off 26, an innings that was decorated with four towering sixes and three boundaries, but he threw his wicket away in the eighth over as India were just stepping into the next gear.

Rahul, who looked cramped up for room after Nathan Coulter-Nile banged in a slower one, tried to go for the upper cut, but found Richardson at third man to end what was a promising start.

Dhawan, who was rested for the series opener in Vizag, failed to get going and departed for 14 off 24 which included just the solitary boundary. The southpaw tried to heave the ball away, but did not time it well and it went aerial only for Marcus Stoinis, who came charging to deep cover pick up what was quite a debatable catch. Replays proved the catch was not too convincing, but the third umpire went with the soft signal.

Rishabh Pant’s horrible form in Twenty20 Internationals continued. The young wicketkeeper-batsman had to make the long walk after Richardson picked up a stunner at long-off in what could be one of the best catches on the tour. Tossed up by D’Arcy Short, Pant wanted to tonk it over long-on, but he mistimed it horribly, the bat turned in his hand and Richardson went airborne when he took the catch at long-off.

Kohli and Dhoni then took control as the duo stitched 100 runs for the fourth wicket. The Indian captain, who scored his 20th Twenty20 Interational half-century, led from the front as he tonked six hits over the fence and two boundaries. Three of those sixes came in successive in the 16th over off Coulter-Nile.

Dhoni meanwhile, kept up the run-rate as he scored three boundaries and as many sixes in his 23-ball stay the crease which was brought to an end by Pat Cummins in the last over.

Australia, who won the opening match by three wickets at Vizag on Sunday, fielded an unchanged side in their bid to sweep the series. India, meanwhile, made three changes to their starting lineup with Rohit Sharma, Mayank Markande and Umesh Yadav making way for Dhawan, Vijay Shankar and Kaul.

Brief scores: Australia 194/3 (Glenn Maxwell 113*, D’Arcy Short  40) beat India 190/4 (Virat Kohli 72*, KL Rahul 47, MS Dhoni 40) by seven wickets