Watch: Glenn Maxwell does a Dhoni with a helicopter shot to hit a six in the match between Australia and Sri Lanka today.
Australia couldn’t have asked for a better start to their summer season. The batsmen piled the runs to score over 200 while the bowlers restricted the opposition to less than a 100 in their T20I match against Sri Lanka.
David Warner helped himself to a century off just 56 balls to help guide Australia to 233-2. However, he was helped by Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell, both of whom scored half centuries. Maxwell in particular, looked extremely dangerous as he bought his half century in just 22 balls!
Maxwell hasn’t been in the best of forms lately. However, the attacking batsmen proved how foolhardy it was to count him out as he roared back to form with a devastating innings full of unorthodox shots, including MS Dhoni’s trademark helicopter shot!
Watch: Glenn Maxwell does a Dhoni with a helicopter shot to hit a six
Australia were on 204-1 with 14 more deliveries to go. While already on a formidable score by T20 standards, Maxwell refused to play it safe and smashed Rajitha for two consecutive sixes to end the 18th over.
With the first of the two sixes, Maxwell bought up his half century. However, the milestone did not slow him down. Instead, he put his feet on the gas and smashed the next one with a shot right out of MS Dhoni’s textbook to send the ball out of the park.
Maxwell brings out the helicopter! Consecutive sixes for the Australia's No.3!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 27, 2019
Maxwell’s innings would eventually end at 62 off just 28 balls. Apart from his phenomenal showing with the bat, the mercurial maverick also produced an exceptional moment while fielding. Maxwell who was wired up, was heard saying ‘run out’ before he had even picked up the ball.
He would then gather the ball and put his bullet arm to good use as he sent the ball to Alex Carey who completed the dismissal. Australia restricted Sri Lanka to 99-9 in their 20 overs to win the match by 134 runs. The only blot in an otherwise perfect performance was that they couldn’t bowl Sri Lanka out. However, all in all, the Australians leave with one of their best performances in recent times.
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