Australia's Glenn Maxwell, affectionately known as "The Big Show", lived up to his nickname in the second T20I against West Indies, producing a pyrotechnic display to etch his name in the record books. His unbeaten 120 off just 55 balls not only propelled the Aussies to a mammoth 241/4, but also saw him equal Rohit Sharma's record for most centuries in men's T20Is.
Coming to the crease with Australia wobbling at 64/3, Maxwell unleashed his trademark power-hitting, launching eight sixes and 12 fours in his whirlwind knock. This innings not only helped Australia post their highest-ever T20I score at home, but also ranks as the fourth-highest overall men's T20I total.
This achievement marks a special moment for Maxwell, who reached the five-century landmark in just his 102nd T20I match, significantly quicker than Rohit's 151 appearances. They now stand alone as the only players to have achieved this feat in the history of the format.
Maxwell's innings was met with widespread acclaim, with his own admission reflecting the joy of the occasion: "It was pure fun! I just took my chance on a great wicket, used my hands to find those gaps, and everything clicked. Adelaide hasn't always been kind to me, so turning this around feels amazing."
This dominant performance not only puts Maxwell back in the spotlight for his incredible talent, but also adds another chapter to the exciting rivalry between Australia and West Indies in this T20I series. With one match remaining, all eyes will be on whether Maxwell can continue his heroics and help the Aussies clinch the series win.