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Maxwell century steer Australia to second win in tri-series

Glenn Maxwell scored 10 boundaries and four sixes
Glenn Maxwell scored 10 boundaries and four sixes

Australia 161-5 (Maxwell 103no) beat
England 155-9 (Malan 50) by five wickets
2nd Twenty20 International, Tri-Series, Hobart

Glenn Maxwell scored his second Twenty20 International century as Australia chased down 156 runs against England in the second game of the tri-series with five wickets in hand in Hobart.

Chasing 156 for a win, Australia were handed early blows when David Willey (3-28) had David Warner (4) and Chris Lynn (0) dismissed in the second and fourth delivery respectively.

D'Arcy Short (30) and Maxwell (103 not out) struck five boundaries and three sixes between them to help Australia reach 59 for one at the end of the powerplay. Adil Rashid (1-30) was treated severely by Maxwell in the seventh over when he hit the leg-spinner for back to back sixes.

England handed a reprieve when Alex Hales dropped Maxwell in the eighth over but Rashid in his next over did well to held a return catch of his own bowling to send Short back. At the half-way mark, Australia reached 85 for three.

With a boundary in the 11th over, Maxwell completed a 30-ball fifty and in what was a controversial decision, the all-rounder was taken by Jason Roy at long off. Even though Roy was confident, the third umpire overturned the decision with benefit of doubt going to Maxwell.

Maxwell upped the ante with a couple of boundaries in the 16th over that also saw Willey castle Travis Head (6). With two more boundaries in the 17th over, Maxwell brought the target down to two runs and when one was needed for a win, he smashed a six to complete a fine century and take his team through singlehandedly.

Earlier, after the early loss of Roy (9), Dawid Malan (50) injected momentum with a 36-ball blitz with Hales (22) and Eoin Morgan (22) supporting at either end but Australia riding on a three-wicket haul from Maxwell (3-10) and two-wicket haul from Ashton Agar (2-15) pulled back things considerably to reduce the visitors to 155 for nine in the 20 overs.

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