Swashbuckling batsman Glenn Maxwell finally managed to break his nervous nineties jinx as his blistering innings of 102 propelled Australia to a humongous total of 376 against Sri Lanka in the Pool A match at SCG.
After electing to bat, Australia were off to a bad start as they lost both their openers David Warner and Aaron Finch inside the first 10 overs. Steven Smith and skipper Michael Clarke steadied the ship with their 134-run partnership for the third wicket and also brought up their half-centuries. Clarke scored 68 before getting bowled on the bowling of Lasith Malinga. Smith then also got out quickly on the score of 72 but then it was Glenn Maxwell who stole the show with his typical batting display. He along with all-rounder Shane Watson, who came into bat at number six today, put on 160 runs for the fifth wicket inside 14 overs and brought up his first hundred in ODIs and the World Cup of just 51 balls. This was also the second fastest hundred in World Cup history. Maxwell hit 10 fours and 4 sixes in his innings of 102 before getting out on the bowling of Thisara Perera. Watson then also hit some lusty blows at the end and brought up his first half-century of the tournament. He scored 67 off just 41 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes.
Brief Scores: Australia 376/9 (Maxwell 102, Smith 72, Clarke 68, Watson 67) vs Sri Lanka