Glenn Maxwell’s knock of 46 not out off 26 helped Australia to a six-wicket win over West Indies in Barbados.
When Maxwell walked to the crease Australia needed 62 runs off 50 balls, this after Australian captain Steve Smith had been run-out by some good fielding from Darren Bravo who relayed with Sulieman Benn; two balls to the end of the 42nd over with the Aussies on 222-4.
By the end of the 46th over Australia were 254-4 needing 30 runs from 24 balls with Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh at the crease. The 47th over marked a remarkable tilting of the scale in a game that for the most part looked like it would go down to the last ball, or at least, over. Maxwell, who was dropped after the second game of the tournament due to poor form, reminded everyone why he is one of the best batsmen in the shorter formats of the game.
Carlos Brathwaite, who was trusted with the over, conceded 3 runs of the first 3 balls. Maxwell hit a four off the fourth ball and followed that up with a six, the next ball he hit another four to put Australia firmly in the driving seat at 270-4 at the end of the 47th over, leaving Australia needing only 13 runs off 18 balls.
The Australians won the game comfortably in the 49th over, fittingly off the bat of Maxwell when he uncharacteristically worked the ball towards deep mid-wicket for one run to complete the win.
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