In the second T20, Australia defeats the Windies as Maxwell smashes an undefeated 120.Adelaide: In the second Twenty20 international, big-hitting Glenn Maxwell hit a fifty-ball century to help Australia win the series in Adelaide by defeating the West Indies by 34 runs. By smashing eight sixes and twelve fours in a furious 120 not out from 55 deliveries, the 35-year-old was in menacing form.
Australia scored 241-4 thanks to it, and the visitors could only muster 207-9 in response, aided by a valiant 63 from captain Rovman Powell. “It was definitely enjoyable. We saw in the Big Bash how good the wickets were during the tournament, so the batting is always good here, Maxwell added.
“It was a nice, true wicket. My hand speed has always been my go-to method, and it worked for me today. I always give myself my best shot, and it feels good to make a good impression. With one match left to play in Perth on Tuesday, the hosts prevailed by 11 runs in the first match in Hobart.
In the run chase, Johnson Charles of the West Indies struck a massive six off the opening ball he faced, knowing that his team had to start strong. Josh Hazlewood’s wicket maiden put an end to the threat, as Brandon King was caught for five on the ropes.
After that, Nicholas Pooran destroyed the next over bowled by Jason Behrendorff, hitting three straight sixes. However, he was not to last, as on the eighteenth over, left-arm quick Spencer Johnson claimed his first-ever home international wicket by spooning to midwicket.
In his opening over, Marcus Stoinis removed Shai Hope (0) and Charles (24) to leave them at 62-4. Before Powell’s 36-ball knock proved to be in vain, Johnson claimed his second wicket of the evening to dismiss Sherfane Rutherford (0) and Stoinis claimed his third in Andre Russell (37 off 16).
Powell remarked, “The boys showed courage; they started aggressively, but we keep losing wickets and we didn’t get big partnerships in the middle.” “But the Australian guys deserve credit—they bowled really well.” Josh Inglis, the Australian opener, was caught in the deep while attempting to hit Jason Holder out of the ground after just six balls.
Mitchell Marsh, the captain, scored an impressive 29 runs to lead the team to 58-2 during their power play. However, he attempted one too many slogs and Holder caught him well at mid-on off Alzarri Joseph. David Warner then followed shortly after for 22.
After that, Maxwell came to the crease and began searching for the boundary with each delivery. He often found it with a variety of amazing strokes to reach a half-century off 25 balls. Before being joined by fellow big-hitter Tim David (31 off 14) in a 95-run partnership that saw him reach his fifth T20 century, he shared an 82-run partnership with Stoinis (16). -AFP