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Maxwell’s second fastest century help beat Sri lanka

Batting first after winning the toss Australia lost both the openers cheaply. But it was Steve Smith and Michael Clarke’s partnership of 134 runs that set the platform for a mammoth total which was later amplified by another sparkling partnership of 160 runs between Maxwell and Watson. In doing so Maxwell slammed his maiden century of 51 balls.

In reply Lankans lost Lahiru Thirimanne too early but it was Tillakaratne Dilshan who set the tone for the Sri Lanka innings as he hit six boundaries of Mitchell Johnson’s over.

Sangakkara hit his third consecutive century of the tournament making him only the second player to complete 14000 runs in one day internationals.

Sri Lanka were always struggling to keep on top of the rate and with Mahela Jayawardene’s runout and Dinesh Chandimal getting retired the Lankans couldn’t recover and were all out for 312.

 

Scoreboard: /icc-cwc-2015-live/results-folder/32nd-match-pool-a-australia-v-sri-lanka/

Picture Gallery:

1. Up, up and away - Glenn Maxwell hoists the ball over the on side.

 

2. Aaron Finch looks back as he is stumped by Kumar Sangakkara.

 

3. David Warner spoons the ball to Seekkuge Prasanna.

 

4. Mitchell Johnson leaps in the air to celebrate the wicket of Lahiru Thirimanne.

 

5. Glenn Maxwell and Shane Watson's shared a 160-run stand.

 

6. Glenn Maxwell acknowledges the crowd after scoring his maiden ton.

 

7. Kumar Sangakkara became the second highest run scorer in ODIs.

 

8. Kumar Sangakkara acknowledges the crowd after his third consecutive World Cup ton.

 

9. Mahela Jayawardene was run out after scoring 19.

 

10. Dinesh Chandimal scored 52 off 24 balls before he was retired hurt.

 

11. Glenn Maxwell signs off with the Player of the match award.