Australia smashed record books when they scored a mammoth 263 runs against Sri Lanka in the first T20I at Pallekela. Glenn Maxwell stole the show with a whirlwind 145 and the right-hander powered the visitors to the best ever total by a team in the format. Previous best was Sri Lanka’s 260 in 2007.
Australia’s record total comes a week after West Indies came close when they managed 245 against India in the first T20I in Florida. Australia’s previous best was 248 against England in 2013 at Southampton.
Maxwell fired on all cylinders as he smashed as many as nine sixes during his hundred and put on 109 with Travis Head for the third wicket. All the hosts bowlers were dispatched to all parts and Kasun Rajitha, with figures of 0/46 in the three overs at an economy rate of 15.33, was the most expensive bowler of the night.
Expectedly, after setting record books on fire, Maxwell was a sensation on the social media with big names of the cricketing world lauding his effort. While it was a typical Viru tweet from Virender Sehwag, Harsha Bhogle was amazed and was curious to know what happens next.
R Ashwin was the first to reply to Harsha’s tweet of “Back 10 overs 153? 100 partnership in 39 balls? Maxwell 145(65)? Head’s 45 at a better SR? Total 263. What next? Bowler anyone?”
@bhogleharsha 4 overs of bowling power play,2 of which can be bowled with a tennis ball and 2 with the bowling machine operated by a bowler🙏
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) 7 September 2016
India’s premier off-spinner said, “@bhogleharsha 4 overs of bowling power play,2 of which can be bowled with a tennis ball and 2 with the bowling machine operated by a bowler🙏.”
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 6 September 2016
Sehwag tickled plenty funny bones with another tweet, right out of the middle of the blade.