Glenn Maxwell blitzkrieg powers Australia to highest ever T20I total

Maxwell hit nine sixes and 14 fours to set Sri Lanka a stiff target of 264 in 20 overs Photograph:( Getty )

WION Pallekele, Sri Lanka Sep 06, 2016, 08.35 PM (IST)
Glenn Maxwell scored a century to power Australia to 263, the highest score in T20I, to beat Sri Lanka by 85 runs in Pallekele.

Making a comeback, the allrounder helped Australia cross the previous highest score of 260, which was incidentally scored by Sri Lanka against Kenya in 2007. 

Put in to bat, Australia asked Maxwell to open the innings with David Warner. The 27-year-old ensured that his maiden outing as an opener was an affair to remember as he hit nine sixes and 14 fours to set Sri Lanka a stiff target.

Maxwell's century made him the first opener to score a T20I hundred in his first attempt. This was also the second-highest individual score in a T20I, falling just 11 runs short of teammate Aaron Finch's 156.

Needing to score over 13 runs per over, Tillakaratne Dilshan was castled by Australian speedster MItchell Starc in the very first over of the innings.

The opening blow proved too much for the rest of the Lankan batsmen to handle. Only Dinesh Chandimal (58) and Chamara Kapugedera (43) provided some resistance. 


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