Australia banked on Glenn Maxwell’s all-round show to beat England by five wickets with nine balls to spare in Hobart. It was the second match for Australia in tri-nation T20 series involving New Zealand.
Batting first, England posted 155 for nine in their quota of 20 overs. Dawid Malan was the highest run-scorer with 50 runs. Alex Hales and skipper Eoin Morgan started off well but couldn’t get going, as both got out on 22 runs.
The slow bowlers did a good job, as they restricted England to a cheap total. Maxwell was the pick of the bowlers picking up three wickets from two overs. He was well supported by Ashton Agar who returned with two wickets too.
In reply, Maxwell brought his second T20I ton to help his team cross the rope with ease. Australia was striving at 4 for two when Maxwell and D’Arcy Short steadied the innings. Short departed after scoring a quickfire 30, but Maxwell went on with his job.
Maxwell reached the landmark in 58 balls with the help of ten boundaries and four massive sixes. He took his team single-handedly over the rope.
Australia now has two wins from two matches and sits comfortably on the top.
Here is how Twitter reacted after Maxwell brought up his second ton:
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3 C Munro
2 C Gayle
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2 E Lewis
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2 Glenn Maxwell#AusvEng
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 7, 2018
Great win Australia. Well played @Gmaxi_32 top drawer!
— Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) February 7, 2018
Those Glenn Maxwell 'issues with training' are clearly under control then…
— Huw Turbervill (@huwzat) February 7, 2018
You beauty @Gmaxi_32! Great stuff. Well done by Alex Carey too. But why oh why was Maxwell not in the ODI team from the get-go?!
— Neroli Meadows (@Neroli_Meadows) February 7, 2018
How good, well played @Gmaxi_32
— Joe Burns (@joeburns441) February 7, 2018
Another reminder of Glenn Maxwell’s abundant talents … 103no off 58 balls to get AUS home … just how much more will see of him in national colours? #AUSvENG
— Glenn Mitchell (@MitchellGlenn) February 7, 2018
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) February 7, 2018
#Maxwell showcases his extraordinary batting skills yet again👌👏.. Gets to his 2nd t20i century with a 6 (also the winning runs) – 103*(58).. Thrilling entertainment on a boring Wedn afternoon.. @Gmaxi_32 #AUSvENG
— Kaushik LM (@LMKMovieManiac) February 7, 2018
— Fawad Ahmed (@bachaji23) February 7, 2018
— Megan Schutt (@megan_schutt) February 7, 2018
Tremendous batting Glenn Maxwell. #AUSvENG
— Ned Zelic (@NedZelic) February 7, 2018
— James Taylor (@jamestaylor20) February 7, 2018
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