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07-Feb-2018 12:24:00 GMT
Aus v Eng, 2nd match, Hobart

Maxwell smashes 58-ball century as Australia to victory

Hobart: Glenn Maxwell hit a sublime unbeaten 103 after taking 3-10 to give Australia a five-wicket win in England's opening game of the Twenty20 tri-series on Wendesday.

Set 156 to win in Hobart after Dawid Malan made 50, the hosts fell to 4-2 in the first over as David Willey removed David Warner and Chris Lynn.

D'Arcy Short, who made 30, and Maxwell rebuilt with a stand of 78.

Maxwell kicked on despite further losses, winning the game and bringing up his 58-ball hundred with a six.

Australia, who won with nine balls to spare, have won their opening two games of the tri-series following victory over New Zealand on Saturday.

England face Australia in Melbourne on Saturday.

Brief scores:
Australia 5 for 161 (Maxwell 103*, Short 30, Willey 3-28) beat England 9 for 155 (Malan 50, Maxwell 3-10, Agar 2-15) by 5 wickets

In search of wickets, England skipper Eoin Morgan appointed Adil Rashid to bowl.

Seeing a spinner on the bowling end, gave Maxwell a chance to flex his muscles as he hammered him off back-to-back sixes in his first over.

Rashid came back strongly in his next over, dismissing Darcy Short for 30 with an easy caught and bowled. He bowled a maiden wicket over with Glenn Maxwell approaching his fifty.

Marcus Stoinis who came to replace Darcy Short and tool his time to get off-the-mark.

Maxwell went on to complete his 3rd T20I fifty as he put Australia on course to victory. Stoinis gave away his wicket, being dismissed by Mark Wood for 6.

Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head took Australia to 117/5 in 15 overs. Willey dismissed Travis Head for 6. Maxwell hammered 103 runs in 58 balls to take his side to victory by 5 wickets.

Earlier, While rest of England collapsed in front of Glenn Maxwell and Ashton Agar, Dawid Malan played a stand-out knock of 50 runs to push his team’s score to 9-155.

Malan was the only England batsman to have scored a fifty in the innings, with the second-highest scorer being 22.

Billy Stanlake opened bowling to England openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales. Kane Richardson drew first blood, in the second over of the match.

Roy, who looked aggressive from the very beginning, went for a big hit but ended up giving a catch to cover.

Hales and Malan then built a brief partnership. Soon after England crossed fifty, they lost their second wicket, as Agar pulled off an impressive caught and bowled effort.

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