Australia post 377-run target for Sri Lanka

Shukriya Pakistan

SYDNEY: Australia posted huge 376-9 total against Sri Lanka as Glenn Maxwell scored the second-fastest hundred in the 40-year history of the World Cup when he reached three figures off just 51 balls at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Australia won the toss and elected to bat first against one of the Asian giants. Steven Smith (72), Captain Michael Clarke (68) and all-rounder Shane Watson (67) batted brilliantly for the side but Maxwell’s ton (102 off 51) shadowed other performances. Lasith Malinga and Thisara Perera took two wickets each.

AFP adds: The hard-hitting batsman Maxwell narrowly missed out on breaking the World Cup record of 50 balls for a hundred set by Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien against England in Bangalore four years ago.

It was also the first time Maxwell had scored a one-day international hundred in his 45 matches at this level.

Maxwell was eventually out for 102 when he was caught by Lasith Malinga off Thisara Perera, having faced 53 balls including 10 fours and four sixes.

His innings saw him go past South Africa captain AB de Villiers in the World Cup list for quick centuries after the Proteas’ skipper struck a 52-ball hundred against the West Indies, also at the SCG, on February 27.

De Villiers though holds the record for the fastest century in any one-day international, off just 31 balls, against the West Indies in Johannesburg on January 18 this year.