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Published: Wed, September 07, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Glenn Maxwell smashes 145 not out to guide Australia to T20 record

Glenn Maxwell smashes 145 not out to guide Australia to T20 record

It's raining records - after England set the ODI record for maximum runs, Australia have broken the record for maximum runs in a T20I innings scoring 263 runs in the first T20 against Sri Lanka.

Australia's total, reached with losing only three wickets, broke a nine-year record held by Sri Lanka, who scored 260 against Kenya in 2007.

Maxwell destroyed the Sri Lankan bowling attack with his unbeaten 145 off 65 balls, which was laced with 14 fours and nine sixes, after the visitors were invited to bat first.

The highest score belongs to Maxwell's Victorian teammate Finch, who cracked 156 against England in 2013.

Dinesh Chandimal remained the top scorer for the side with his 58 runs.

"(This innings) meant a lot, having been out of the one-day team.

Maxwell's total was just 11 short of Aaron Finch's individual record and, with the injured opener in attendance, he was all too aware of how close he came to further history. "So to do as well as I did in my first crack back at it was brilliant", said Maxwell.

Maxwell and Travis Head (45) put together 109 runs for the third wicket to leave Sri Lanka with little room to breathe and barring Dhananjaya de Silva, all other bowlers went for more than 10 runs an over.

"He'd been telling me at every possible chance that I was going to beat his score", Maxwell said.

Head was then caught off the final delivery as he swung big in pursuit of a half century.

Australia included Glenn Maxwell and Peter Nevill, while Sri Lanka called up Chamara Kapugedera, Sachithra Senanayake, and Kasun Rajitha.

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