Australian batting machine Glenn Maxwell paid tribute to coach Justin Langer after cracking 56 run to help Australia beat Zimbabwe with a ball to spare in Harare on Friday.
Zimbabwe batted first and scored 151 for nine wickets in their 20 overs. Solomon Mire was the top scorer with 63 runs.
In response, Australia reached the target of 154 runs when Matt Stoinis hit a boundary off the second last ball of the innings with five wickets down.
When Glenn Maxwell reached his first half century in a T20I since his hundred against England in Hobart in February, he gestured at his eyes. It was a reference to the work he and coach Justin Langer have put in making sure Maxwell scores.
Commenting on this game, Glenn Maxwell said, “I´ve been doing a lot of work with that in the nets, making sure I´m really concentrating. That´s all I´m thinking about at the moment. So that was just a little gesture towards him.”
Australia´s middle order collapsed early, as the opening batsmen Aaron Finch and Alex Carey were gone in the first five overs.
Australia made only 35 runs from the Power play and it wasn´t until Glenn Maxwell began to find the middle of his bat that they started to bring the scoring rate down.
Glenn Maxwell was particularly harsh on Zimbabwe´s spinners, collecting sixes off Malcolm Waller, Wellington Masakadza and Brandon Mavuta to bring up a 34-ball fifty in the 17th over.
Together, Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head, who made 48, put on 103 for the third wicket to steady Australia´s chase