New Delhi: Glenn Maxwell scored his fifth T20I century in Australia’s second match of a three-game series against West Indies in Adelaide on Sunday to match Rohit Sharma’s mark as the most hundreds in the 20-over format.
Maxwell reached triple figures in 49 balls ultimately remaining not out on 120 runs off 55 balls, clubbing eight sixes and 12 fours. His brutal hitting propelled Australia to a massive 241/4, their highest total on home soil in a 20-over game.
West Indies won the toss and opted to field at the Adelaide Oval but little did they know that they would be subjected to such punishment by Maxwell.
The 35-year-old arrived at the crease with the hosts on 64/3 in the seventh over then exhibited his full range of big shots, for which he is well known.
He smashed a six off his second ball from spinner Akeal Hosein and continued to pick and choose deliveries to dispatch them to the fence in an entertaining knock.
Fourth highest total overall
Australia lost opener Josh Inglis (4) cheaply. Inglis was at the crease for only six balls before being caught in the deep trying to hit Jason Holder for a six.
Skipper Mitchell Marsh struck 29 off 12 balls, including two sixes, to lift them to 58-2 off the six-over power-play.
But he perished as he tried to lift Alzarri Joseph over mid-on. David Warner followed him back to the pavilion for 22, getting out while attempting a big hit.
Maxwell steered them to 99-3 after the 10-over mark. He reached his half-century off 25 balls, and shared an 82-run partnership with Marcus Stoinis (16) and a 95-run stand with Tim David (31 off 14), bringing up his fifth T20 century.
It was because of his ruthless hitting that Australia posed their highest T20I score on home soil and fourth-highest overall.