Australia is moving on to the World Cup quarter finals. After a 64-run victory against Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground, courtesy of an impressive one-day international century from Glenn Maxwell whose 53-ball 102 had helped Australia to 376-9, the team nabbed a spot at the quarter finals.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, proved to be a sport by by having a good crack at what would have been a record run chase with Kumar Sangakkara becoming the first man to score three successive centuries at a World Cup.
Maxwell was obviously happy about his performance, considering it took him 45 matches, 43 innings and two and a half years to do so. Although he had managed to come close in the past with a 95 in the Tri-series final against England just before the World Cup.
“It was a massive weight [off my shoulder],” Maxwell told reporters after the game. “It was a lot of fun and it was nice having a good wicket to play on and the top order set it up absolutely beautifully for us. It was basically the blueprint for what we should model our one-day game on and top order did a great job to set it up for us.”
He’s not taking all the credit though. His partnership with Shane Watson during the game was the one responsible for Australia’s victory, he said.
“Having Watto there was special. He’s been there for me over the last couple of tough weeks off the field, he’s been there with me through thick and thin and I shared a little special moment with him out there. Hopefully it’s going to open the floodgates a little bit and I can stop getting out in the 90s,” Maxwell was quoted as saying.
Now if only Maxwell will be able to recreate his outstanding performance at the upcoming quarter finalsâ€¦