Glenn Maxwell scored unbeaten 145 during the course of Australia's win at Pallekele. (Source: Twitter)

Australia carried forward their winning momentum after the Kangroos beat Sri Lanka by 85 runs to take 1-0 lead in the two-match T20I series.

Sri Lanka ended their 20 overs at 178/9.

The visitors set up Lanka a target of 264 runs but Scott Boland and Mitchell Starc’s scintillating bowling display helped Australia win the first encounter as the quicker-duo bagged 6 wickets a piece.

Mitchell Starc provided Aussies with the initial breakthroughs as he removed Dilshan in the first over and later Kusal Perera’s thick outside edge off Boland carried all the way to Starc at third man.

The Sri Lankan wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals and they were soon left tottering at 94/5.

For Sri Lanka, it was Dinesh Chandimal who showed some character as the batter scored a half century.

Later Kapugedera also chipped in with a gritty knock of 43 off 25 balls before he gave a sitter to George Bailey at point of Starc.

Faulkner and Zampa too were quite economical with their respective spells.

Earlier, 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.