Glenn Maxwell scored his maiden T20 century against Sri Lanka on Friday. The first T20 between Australia and Sri Lanka had been turned into the Glenn Maxwell show as he plundered the Sri Lankan bowling line-up to make 100 runs off just 49 balls. Maxwell went on to make 145 runs of 62 balls which makes it the second highest individual score in T20 internationals after fellow Australian Aaron Finch’s 63-ball 156 run stand against England.
Maxwell’s innings also ensured that Australia broke Sri Lanka’s record of the highest score in T20 internationals. He was caught out only in the last ball, thereby ensuring Australia finished with 263 runs on the board for the loss of three wickets.
Maxwell opened for Australia along with skipper David Warner. The latter smashed 28 runs off 16 balls but was bowled by Sachitra Senananayake. Maxwell himself was dropped at 98 by Tilakaratne Dilshan. It seemed like the Melboune-born batsman would be denied another shot at a T20 century when he skied a waist-high no-ball while he was at 98. But the Tilakaratne Dilshan dropped the catch as Maxwell took off his helmet and lifted his bat in jubilation.
He smashed 14 boundaries and 6 sixes in his innings; three of the sixes came on the trot with Senanayake on the receiving end. Maxwell was given a standing ovation from his teammates in the dug-out on completion of his century. A victory for Australia would mean that they would take a 1-0 lead in the two match series.