So, that ends the coverage for this game as well and it is Australia who finish on top. They have now won two out of the two matches they have played and have one foot in the final. England on the other hand, still have three games left and they would want to get back to winning ways. Starting from the 10th of February where they will be facing today's opponents in Melbourne at 7.20 PM local (8.20 AM GMT). Also now you can switch tabs and watch the South Africa-India ODI. Goodbye and take care!
Victorious Aussie skipper David Warner says that it was a clinical performance and admires Maxwell's innings. Believes that hitting hard is the way to go upfront. Also feels that it is handy to use spinners, even though he be a part-timer. Credits his bowlers for bringing Australia back into the game. On Maxwell's innings, Warner says that is the way he plays - taking on risks and gambles. Is looking forward to seal the spot in the final in their next game.
England captain EOIN MORGAN Morgan felt that his team got off to a reasonable start with the bat. Stresses that they played well on a really good surface. Laments that collapse of 6/30-odd towards the latter end of the innings, stating that they were 20-25 runs short. Feels that the shot selection was not the best. However, he does admit that it is a game of risks and gambles but tonight, those did not pay off. On the Maxwell catch, he says from the position at cover where he was, it looked out. But he respects the third umpire's decision. Is proud of the way his team fought with the ball but believes that the game was lost with the bat.
GLENN MAXWELL has been named the MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that it was nice to get one over the top and finish the job. Adds that Australia have not had great T20I success over the last few years and hence, it is nice to start off well. On his batting form, Maxi says that it has been good. Stresses that he has been carrying his form through Sheffield Shield Cricket. Just aims to carry on this good form and keep it consistent. On being left out of the ODI squad, Glenn says that it was frustrating not to play for Australia in the ODIs and even in the Ashes. Hence, he feels nice to be back in Aussie colours. On coming to bat early, GM says that he has been able to bat against the new ball through the BBL, batting for the Melbourne Stars. So tonight was not that difficult. On when he realized about his chances of a century, Maxwell replies that only when he was back on strike on ball number 4 of the 18th over, did he ask Carey to go for two. On the controversial Jason Roy catch, Maxi says that from his end, it seemed like the ball was grassed. So he thought of hanging around and let the third umpire do his job.
With the wicket of Short, England sensed a comeback and took some quick wickets but it was Maxwell who kept a calm head and played throughout. Yes, he did get a couple of chances but he made full use of it and not only took Australia to victory but also brought up his ton with the last ball of the game. David Willey was their highest wicket-taker with three scalps but England's fielding let them down big time. Jason Roy missed a controversial chance of Glenn Maxwell on 59, but before that Alex Hales missed a fairly simpler chance when he was on 40. Cost the visitors the game. Stay tuned for the presentation.
An excellent bowling performance by the home side saw the away side being restricted to an average total. They needed early wickets if they were to defend this and David Willey did provide them that by taking two in the first over. Both, Warner and Lynn were back in the hut and England looked to be on top at that moment. However, D'Arcy Short and Glenn Maxwell started to counter-attack and the duo stitched a 78-run stand which turned the tide completely in the Australia's favor.
A fairytale ending in the end then for both, Australia as well as Glenn Maxwell. The latter has scored 100 out of the 156 Australia were chasing and has single-handedly taken them to victory. He walks off to a standing ovation and deserves every bit of it.
Mark Wood to Glenn Maxwell
SIX! It is a hundred! What a win for Australia and what a knock by Maxwell. He takes Australia home and also gets to his ton! A length ball, targetting the body, Maxwell backs away and pulls it over mid-wicket. Alex Hales positions himself for the catch and then leaps but the ball tips over! Maxwell has taken his helmet off and hugs Carey as he rushes across. AUSTRALIA WIN BY 5 WICKETS!
Not on this one! Short ball on off, mistimes it to covers.
Mark Wood to Alex Carey
Slower short ball on the body. Carey works it away towards square leg for a run. Maxwell is now on strike, he is on 96 and Australia need a run. Can he hit a boundary?
Mark Wood to bowl the penultimate over. Only 2 needed though.
Tom Curran to Glenn Maxwell
The batsman has taken the risk and lofted it over the covers. Two runs added to the total.
FOUR! 95, Maxwell moves onto. Backs away and hits this full ball over mid off and the ball races away.
A slower yorker, dipping into the batsman. Maxwell flicks it through square leg. The batsmen complete one and they go for the second. The fielder has a shy but misses.
FOUR! 10 needed now from 15! Slower short ball on middle, Maxwell pulls it right in the gap between long on and deep mid-wicket for a boundary.
In the air... but lands in no man's land! Full and on off, Maxwell slices it through point where there is no fielder in the deep and the batsmen take two.
Tom Curran to Alex Carey
Slower ball outside off, Alex cuts it towards point for a run. Singles will do for Australia.
Tom Curran is brought back. 17 needed from 18.
Chris Jordan to Alex Carey
Fuller on middle, Carey tries to drive but it takes the inside edge onto the pads and rolls towards the off side. The batsmen run one.
Chris Jordan to Glenn Maxwell
The batsman failed to make contact and was hit low on the pads. The batsmen have run through for a single. Leg byes signalled by the umpire