Maxwell scored the second century of his T20I career    Getty Images
Maxwell scored the second century of his T20I career Getty Images

Glenn Maxwell put up a stupendous performance, bagging 3 wickets and scoring an unbeaten 103 in the 2nd T20I of the Trans-Tasman tri-nation tournament to hand Australia victory over England. Maxwell scored the second T20I century of his career. He became the sixth player in history and first Australian to slam more than one hundred in the format. Australia had restricted England at a gettable total of 155 for 9 and then chased down the target with 9 balls to spare.

Apart from Dawid Malan, no other England batsman barely put up any resistance as Maxwell and Ashton Agar kept pegging away at the batting line-up. Malan was the only half-centurion of the innings, while skipper Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales scored 22 each. Malan stood like a rock amidst slide of wickets but could not take his side to a total more than 155.

Chasing the target, Australia lost captain David Warner and Chris Lynn in the very first over, to David Willey. This brought Maxwell out to the middle, who formed the most crucial partnership of the innings, with D’Arcy Short. They added 78 before Adil Rashid got rid of Short for 30.

Maxwell kept going. He batted fearlessly, hitting 10 fours and 3 sixes to reach 97. The strike came to him as Australia needed just a run to win with 12 balls remaining. Maxwell blasted a six to finish Australia’s innings and complete his century.

With this, Australia have won both their matches and sit atop the points table with 4 points in hand. New Zealand are the third team of the tournament.

Brief scores:

England 155 for 9 in 20 overs (Alex Hales 22, Dawid Malan 50, Eoin Morgan 22; Ashton Agar 2 for 15, Glenn Maxwell 3 for 10) lost to Australia 161 for 5 in 18.3 overs (D’Arcy Short 30, Glenn Maxwell 103*; David Willey 3 for 28, Mark Wood 1 for 26, Adil Rashid 1 for 30) by 5 wickets.

Player of the Match: Glenn Maxwell.