WATCH: Glenn Maxwell pulls off an MS Dhoni against Sri Lanka with well-executed helicopter shot
Glenn Maxwell looked in destructive touch during the first T20I against Sri Lanka on Sunday as he played a sensational knock of 62 runs off just 28 deliveries to help Australia register a thumping win by 134 runs. Maxwell played some brilliant shots in his brief cameo which was laced with seven fours and three sixes. The explosive right-hander also pulled off an MS Dhoniesque helicopter shot in his innings to dispatch Kasun Rajitha for a big six.
In the 18th over of the Australian innings, Maxwell slammed two back-to-back sixes against Rajitha including a well-executed helicopter shot famed by Dhoni. On the 5th delivery of the over, the ball slipped from Rajitha's hands and the full-toss was smashed away by Maxwell on the leg side for a huge six. The Sri Lankan pacer bowled a fuller delivery next on the first-stump line, Maxwell had already anticipated the line and he used his strong wrist to send the ball flying into the stands with a helicopter shot.
Maxwell brings out the helicopter! Consecutive sixes for the Australia's No.3!— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 27, 2019
Australia 1-222 with an over to go. #AUSvSLpic.twitter.com/1F6t5cxCYu
After being invited to bat first by Sri Lanka, Australia got off to a dream start with openers Aaron Finch and David Warner posting a brilliant 122-run stand for the first wicket. Warner notched up his maiden T20I century en-route to his sublime knock of 100 runs off 56 balls. Meanwhile, Finch also looked in fine touch as he scored 64 off 36 balls.
After adding 122 runs for the first wicket with Finch, Warner posted another 107-run stand for the second wicket with Maxwell. With the help of Warner's hundred and half-centuries from Finch and Maxwell, Australia posted a huge total of 233/2 on the board and were able to defend it without breaking a sweat.
Spinner Adam Zampa was the pick of the bowlers for Australia finishing with figures of 3/14 in his overs. None of the Sri Lankan batsmen managed to cross the 30-run-mark while only five of them managed to score in double figures.