Maxwell's blistering fifty powers Australia to 2-0 series victory despite late Sri Lankan fightback

Glenn Maxwell scored 66 runs from 29 deliveries.
Glenn Maxwell scored 66 runs from 29 deliveries.
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Australia 130-6 (Maxwell 66) beat
Sri Lanka 128-9 (de Silva 62) by four wickets
Second Twenty20 International in Colombo
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James Faulkner and Adam Zampa picked three wickets apiece, while Glenn Maxwell scored a breezy 66 as Australia chased down 129 against Sri Lanka with four wickets in hand in the second Twenty20 International in Colombo to complete a 2-0 series victory.

Australia were coasting at 93 for naught during the chase but the Sri Lankan spinners came back brilliantly picking six wickets for 37 runs before Travis Head sealed the game for the visitors with a six to deep midwicket.

Earlier, Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first on what was Tillakaratne Dilshan's (1) final innings in international cricket. John Hastings (2-23) had Dilshan caught at first slip in the second over to provide Australia with the initial breakthrough.

Kusal Perera (22) and Dhananjaya de Silva (62) struck five boundaries in the next three overs to take Sri Lanka to 43 for one. However, their momentum was dented when Faulkner (3-19) dismissed Perera and Dinesh Chandimal (4) in his first two overs.

Sri Lanka went into further trouble when Zampa (3-16) trapped Mendis lbw to leave the home side reeling at 64 for four.

Any chance of Sri Lanka recovering from the collapse went in vain as Zampa removed Chamara Kapugedara (7) and Thisara Perera (0) in the 13th over. De Silva's half-century was the only saving grace for Sri Lanka as they reached 128 for nine in their 20 overs.

Maxwell (66) looked to continue his form from the previous game as he scored six boundaries and four sixes in the powerplay to take Australia to 75 for naught. In the process, he also brought the fastest fifty by an Australian batsman in the format, needing 18 deliveries to reach there.

The 29-ball onslaught from Maxwell finally ended when he was castled by Seekuge Prasanna (1-16) also bringing a halt to the 93-run opening stand with David Warner (25).

The wickets continued to tumble for Australia as they lost Moises Henriques (1), Warner and Faulkner (1) in the next two overs and were reduced to 99 for four at the end of the 11th over.

Dilshan (2-8) had a memorable finish with the ball as he accounted for the wickets of Matthew Wade (14) and Usman Khawaja (6) but Head (9 not out) ensured Australia reached the target in 17.5 overs with four wickets in hand.

Maxwell bagged the man of the match and the man of the series awards as Australia finished the tour on a high.

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