Riding on Glenn maxwell’s swashbuckling ton, visitors Australia smashed a record score of 263/3 in the first T20I against Sri Lanka at Pallekele.
Sri Lanka after winning the toss opted to bowl first and the decision couldn’t have backfired in a more brutal manner.
Openers Maxwell and David Warner left no stone unturned to dismantle Sri Lankan bowling. Maxwell playing the anchor role, came up with one of his best batting display as the right-hander scored unbeaten 145 runs.
The batting though revolved around him as Warner, Khawaja and Travis Head chipped in with valuable and healthy contributions with the long handle.
Australia dominated the attack right from the beginning as the left-right combination of skipper Warner and Maxwell brought up a 50-run partnership before the captain was undone by Senanayake for 26.
Khawaja who replaced his captain at number three put together a partnership of 97 runs with Maxwell before he was sent back into the hut by Pathirana. The score then read 154/2.
But the real drama was still left. Maxwell along with Travis Head came up with n astonishing stand of 109 runs for the third wicket. This stand also etched Australia’s name in the record books as the yellow army scored 263/3 in their allotted 20 overs.
Head was later dismissed on the last delivery of the innings for 45 but it was Glenn Maxwell who guided visitors to this mammoth total.