After failing to deliver in the first two T20Is of the ongoing series against New Zealand, Australia star Glenn Maxwell finally roared back to form on Wednesday (March 3). The hard-hitting batsman scored a whirlwind fifty as Australia thrashed New Zealand by 64 runs in Wellington to keep the five-match series alive.
The hard-hitting right-handed batsman slammed 70 runs off just 31 balls to power Australia to a mammoth total of 208 for 4 in the allotted 20 overs. Apart from Maxwell, captain Aaron Finch (69) scored a fifty too while Josh Philippe (43) also played a crucial knock. In reply, New Zealand were all out for just 144 in less than 18 overs.
Barring Martin Guptill (43) and Devon Conway (38), no other batsmen managed to contribute anything substantial with the bat. For Australia, their left-arm spinner Ashton Agar starred with the ball, taking a record 6 for 30 off his four overs. Debutant Riley Meredith took two wickets while Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson picked up one wicket each.
Glenn Maxwell signs seat for charity:
Glenn Maxwell’s innings was studded with eight fours and five sixes. During his whirlwind knock, the Australia star took Jimmy Neesham to the cleaners and hit him for 28 runs in an over. It was the 17th over of Australia’s innings in which he hit 4 fours and 2 sixes. And the first six of that over was so hard that it drilled a hole into one of the plastic seats.
Following this cracking shot, stadium’s chief executive Shane Harmone took to Twitter and requested Maxwell for his autograph on the damaged seat. He also confirmed that the broken yellow-coloured chair is set to go for auction to benefit a local women’s shelter.
“Will put this seat @skystadium up for auction on @TradeMe next few days. All proceeds will be donated to Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust. Any chance of a signature @Gmaxi_32?” tweeted Shane Harmone.
Will put this seat @skystadium up for auction on @TradeMe next few days. All proceeds will be donated to Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust. Any chance of a signature @Gmaxi_32? 🙂 #NZvAUS pic.twitter.com/1Y0YPAfeDe
— Shane Harmon (@ShaneHarmon) March 3, 2021
Well, Maxwell did not take long to oblige and signed the seat so that it could be auctioned. Later, a picture of Maxwell standing with the broken seat was shared on Twitter by cricket.com.au.
“Destructive on the field and in the stands. @Gmaxi_32 certainly left a lasting impression on Wellington tonight!” cricket.com.au tweeted.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 3, 2021
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