CRICKET: Aus­tralia Sets New T20 Record Score

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Cricket’s great en­ter­tainer Glenn Maxwell guided Aus­tralia to a world record and al­most claimed an­other for him­self in Tues­day night’s 85-run win over Sri Lanka.

Sent in to bat, Aus­tralia scored 3-263 which beat the pre­vi­ous mark for a Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional of 6-260 set by Sri Lanka against Kenya in 2007.

Maxwell’s un­beaten 145 off 65 de­liv­er­ies fell 11 runs shy of equalling fel­low Aus­tralian Aaron Finch’s world record of 156.

It was also the first cen­tury by a bats­man in his maiden in­nings as an opener in a T20 In­ter­na­tional. The only set­back for Maxwell was he couldn’t re­gain the strike for the last four balls of the in­nings and was stranded on 145. Nick­named “The Big Show”, Maxwell’s 49-ball hun­dred was only the third cen­tury by an Aus­tralian in a T20 In­ter­na­tional.

The Vic­to­rian right-han­der hit 14 fours and nine sixes, cash­ing in on a woe­ful bowl­ing dis­play by the home side at Pallekele Sta­dium near Kandy. Finch, who was not play­ing in Tues­day’s game be­cause of a bro­ken fin­ger, wore a cheeky grin on the side­lines when Travis Head hit two fours and six from the third, fourth and fifth balls of the 20th over. Head was out from the last ball for 45 after shar­ing a spec­tac­u­lar 109-run stand with Maxwell off 40 de­liv­er­ies. Over­looked for the July-Au­gust Test se­ries in Sri Lanka and dropped from the one-day squad, Maxwell had a point to prove in the 20-over for­mat. The for­mer Aus­tralian T20 In­ter­na­tional player of the year was caught at deep-mid­wicket on 76 but the field­s­man’s foot touched the bound­ary as Maxwell racked up his fifth six of the in­nings. After reach­ing his maiden T20 In­ter­na­tional hun­dred in the 16th over, Maxwell smashed three con­sec­u­tive sixes off the bowl­ing of spin­ner Sa­chithra Se­nanayake in the next over. With reg­u­lar opener Finch un­avail­able, Finch’s for­mer house­mate Maxwell has given no­tice that the role is the per­fect fit for his tal­ents. Sri Lanka in re­ply lost both open­ers in the first two overs. Cap­tain Di­nesh Chandi­mal holed out to deep-square leg for a fine 58 at 6-138 which made Sri Lanka’s task very much an up­hill one. Pace­men Mitchell Starc and Scott Boland both took 3-26 for Aus­tralia as Sri Lanka was re­stricted to 9-178. The sec­ond and fi­nal match of the se­ries will be played in Colombo on Fri­day night.



Photo: Zim­bio

Glenn Maxwell stars in Aus­tralia’s big win over Sri Lanka.

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