ADELAIDE, Australia, Feb 11 (Agencies): Big-hitting Glenn Maxwell slammed a 50-ball century as Australia beat the West Indies by 34 runs in the second Twenty20 international to seal the series in Adelaide on Sunday.
The 35-year-old was in ominous touch, blasting eight sixes and 12 fours in a blistering 120 not out from 55 deliveries.
It propelled Australia to 241-4 and the visitors could only muster 207-9 in reply, led by skipper Rovman Powell's battling 63.
"It was good fun, that's for sure. Always good batting here, we saw in the Big Bash how good the wickets were during the tournament," Maxwell said. "The wicket was nice and true. I have always relied on my hand speed and it worked for me today. I give myself the best chance always and nice to play a positive knock." The hosts won the first clash in Hobart by 11 runs, with one match to play in Perth on Tuesday.
West Indies opener Johnson Charles hit a giant six off the first ball he faced in the run chase, knowing his team must come out swinging.
A wicket maiden by Josh Hazlewood stymied the threat, with Brandon King caught on the ropes for five.
Nicholas Pooran then took apart the next over from Jason Behrendorff, smacking three sixes in a row, but he didn't last, spooning to midwicket on 18 as left-arm quick Spencer Johnson picked up a wicket in his first home international.
Meanwhile, Big-hitting Glenn Maxwell slammed a scorching 50-ball century, his fifth in T20s, to equal Indian skipper Rohit Sharma's record during the second Twenty20 international against West Indies.
On the other hand, Rohit achieved five centuries in 151 T20 games with an average of 31.79 and a strike rate of 139.97. Additionally, the Indian captain has notched up 29 half-centuries during his T20I career.
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