Hosts register comfortable five-wicket win in the second T20I of tri-nation series
Glenn Maxwell produced an all-round master class to help Australia register comfortable five-wicket win over England in the second T20I of the tri-nation series in Hobart on Wednesday. The day started with Australia captain David Warner winning the toss and opting to bowl first.
His decision backfired as the visitors looked set for a commanding total on the board after reaching to 103 for three in the 13th over. However, a flurry of wickets left the visitors reeling, but a quick-fire unbeaten 16 from Chris Jordan helped the Three Lions post 155 for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
The star of the show was left-handed batsman Dawid Malan, who finished the innings with the top score of 50 off 36 with the help of five fours and two sixes. For Australia, the star of the show was surprisingly Maxwell, who claimed three wickets and just gave away 10 runs in his two overs.
He was well supported by left-arm spinner Ashton Agar, who claimed two wickets and gave away 15 runs in his three overs. In reply, Australia had a horrid start as they lost captain Warner and hard-hitting batsman Chris Lynn for just four runs on the board.
However, from there on, it was just a Maxwell show as he produced a brilliant display of counter attack and took his side home with nine balls to spare. While doing so, the 29-year-old also scored his second T20I century and remained unbeaten on 103 off just 58 balls with the help of 10 fours and four maximums.
He was well supported by opener D’Arcy Short, who scored 30 off 20 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes. For England, left-arm pacer David Willey was the pick of the bowlers, as he claimed three wickets. For his outstanding all-round performance, Maxwell was named player of the match.