PALLEKELE: Opener Glenn Maxwellpublished a global record 263 against a hapless Sri Lankan assault in the first Twenty20 international in Pallekele on Tuesday. Maxwell struck 14 fours and nine sixes for his 65-ball stay to assist Australia in damaging a 9-12 months document held using Sri Lanka, who scored 260/6 against Kenya in 2007. Skipper David Warner gave the visitors a fiery beginning along with his 28 runs off 12 balls as he placed on a 57-run opening partnership with Maxwell to put a solid foundation.
Off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake bowled Warner on a looping transport that held its line to take the off stump, but Sri Lanka’s pleasure became short-lived as Maxwell was warming up at the opposite give-up. The opener, who registered his maiden T20 century in his thirty-fifth game, found the correct companion in Usman Khawaja, who scored 36 off 22 balls because the duo prepared 97 runs for the second wicket. Debutant left-arm spinner Sachith Pathirana was given Khawaja trudging lower back to the pavilion, most effective to peer Travis Head join forces with Maxwell.
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Maxwell and Head scored an 18-ball 45 and put on 109 runs for the 1/3 wicket as there have been raining barriers at a packed Pallekele International Stadium. Maxwell fell eleven runs quickly of teammate Aaron Finch’s pinnacle T20 rating of 156 as he confronted a single ball in the last over of the innings.