In the second match of the ongoing Trans-Tasman Tri-nation Twenty20 International series fixture, Australia hammered England by five wickets on Wednesday (February 7) at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart while riding on the all-round show of Glenn Maxwell.
Quite with the bat of late, Maxwell came up with a spectacular all-round performance which saw him amassing 58-ball unbeaten 104 when wickets kept tumbling on the other end in the middle overs.
Australia chased down the target in 18.3 overs after Maxwell brings up his magnificent century with a maximum on the bowling of fast bowler Mark Wood when hosts required three runs.
Interestingly, wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey (5 off 5) scampered for a single on the very first ball of 18th over before Maxwell delivered his best with the willow and nine balls to spare.
The 29-year-old Maxwell struck ten boundaries and four sixes – to plunder runs at will while facing the visiting bowlers.
While chasing the target of 156, Australia had a shaky start when explosive batsmen in the form of David Warner and Chris Lynn returned to the hut in the very first over at the score of 4.
The left-handed batsman Warner was caught by Alex Hales on the bowling of David Willey on four of two balls, as top-order batter Lynn was bowled by Willey.
The bowling all-rounder Willey bagged three wickets for the Three Lions.
After opening alongside Warner, D’Arcy Short scored 20-ball 30 and his innings included two sixes and two boundaries respectively.
Marcus Stoinis and Travis Head were dismissed after both scored six.
Earlier, Australian skipper David Warner won the toss and elected to field first as England openers in the form of explosive Jason Roy and Alex Hales made the entry which was cut short when the right-handed batsman Roy was sent back in the very second over when he was caught by Andrew Tye at the extra cover region on the bowling of Kane Richardson.
Durban-born Roy scored nine off seven balls which included a boundary.
For England top-order batsman Dawid Malan was the top-scorer with 50 off 36 balls.
The 30-year-old Malan was the highlight of England batting as his innings comprised of five boundaries and two sixes.
Hales alongside skipper Eoin Morgan struck 22 each.
Six English batsmen did not go past the double-figure mark which further saw Sam Billings scoring 10 and Chris Jordan faced eleven balls for his 16 which included a solitary six.
Warner utilized his bowlers well and Australia saw as many as seven bowlers rolled over the arm.
Except for Travis Head, everyone was in the wickets column, as Glenn Maxwell bagged three wickets in two overs after conceding just 10 runs.
Left-arm orthodox spinner Ashton Agar claimed two wickets after giving away 15 runs in three overs. Billy Stanlake, Kane Richardson, Andrew Tye, Marcus Stoinis claimed wicket apiece.
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