Player of the Match
Player of the Match
48dThe Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Australia canter to win after record 263, Maxwell slams 145*

In 90 minutes of outlandish clean-striking, Glenn Maxwell marked a monumental return to form, sent Sri Lanka into freefall, and stole their T20 world record from under their noses

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

GJ Maxwell
145(65) 14x4 - 9x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 34 runs
  • 5x4 - 1x6
0 8 5 14 40 21 30 27
LD Chandimal
58(43) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %79%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 12 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
2 0 8 6 6 9 11 16

Best performances - Bowlers

SM Boland
O4
M0
R26
W3
Eco6.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W
MA Starc
O4
M0
R26
W3
Eco6.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentator: Nikhil Kalro

END OF OVER:
20 | 1 Run | SL: 178/9 (86 runs required, RR: 8.90)

  • CAK Rajitha0 (5b)
  • SMSM Senanayake6 (6b)
  • SM Boland4-0-26-3
  • MA Starc4-0-26-3

10.15pm A night of records, plenty broken, new ones set for the future all the result of the return of Glenn Maxwell to Australia's T20 squad. A flawless performance from Australia with the bat, putting up 263 for 3 - the highest T20I score by a team, and the joint highest T20 score ever. Maxwell chipped in with 145 of them to set up Australia's dominance. Sri Lanka gave it their all and then some but were always way behind the game. They ended up 85 short, their biggest defeat in the format. A bad evening for Sri Lanka, but they will have to pick themselves up and come back harder in Tillakaratne Dilshan's last international match on Friday.

Presentation time.

Glenn Maxwell is the Man of the Match: "A little bit instinctive, tried to hit my areas based on the field. Been playing really well in the T20 format, at the top is an easier place to bat. I find the reverse sweep easier to play (than the sweep). Lucky to take advantage of some loose bowling."

Dinesh Chandimal: "I'm really disappointed with the way we bowled. if we restricted them to under 200, we would have had a chance. These things happen in cricket, a lot of youngsters, we need to regroup, we'll come back stronger in the next game. We came for practice in the last two days, and saw some moisture so we decided to bowl. Need a good gameplan for the bowlers."

David Warner: "I would have batted first. Me and the coach had a word yesterday, and I thought to give the bloke (Maxwell) an opportunity, I like a right-hand, left-hand combination at the top. Credit to him, he has worked hard at home. Tonight was all Maxi."

19.6
0
Boland to Rajitha, no run, yorker outside off, carved out to point and Australia complete just their third T20 win against Sri Lanka to go 1-0 up in the series.
19.5
0
Boland to Rajitha, no run, back of a length outside off, 127 kph. Rajitha is surprised by the change in length. Beaten by quite a distance

Kallu: "Australian players' lowest strike rate - Warner, 175 is more than SL players' Highest S/R - Kapugedera, 172. "

19.4
0
Boland to Rajitha, no run, slower ball on middle, 103 kph. Dipping late but Rajitha is nicely behind the line to block
19.3
0
Boland to Rajitha, no run, another yorker on off, 129 kph. Dug out, the ball trickles back to the stumps but doesn't have enough pace

Simon: "Good to see Sri Lanka can create a good pitch when required. Only the second ODI had a higher innings total (288) in 50 overs."

19.2
0
Boland to Rajitha, no run, yorker on off, played out to cover
19.1
1
Boland to Senanayake, 1 run, slower ball on middle, 107 kph. Pushed to long-on

To the top

0

No. of higher totals in T20s than Australia's 263 for 3 in this match. They equalled RCB's 263 vs PWI in IPL 2013.

Record

96

Previous highest score by a batsman in his maiden innings as opener in T20Is - 98 by Martyn. Maxwell has become the first to hit a century in maiden inns as opener.

Maxwell's solid start

4

No. of Aus players who scored 50 or more when opening for the first time in T20Is, including Maxwell today. Martyn (96), Warner (89), White (75) are the others.