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TL;DR: Maxwell stars with bat and all in Hobart

TL;DR: Maxwell stars with bat and all in Hobart

AUSTRALIA rode their luck to scrape past England in the first Twenty20 showdown, thanks to Glenn Maxwell heroics.

Australia skipper David Warner won the toss and opted to field first with an aim to register their second consecutive victory in the tri-series.

The all-rounder hammered an unbeaten 103 after taking 3-10 as he guided his side to a five-wicket win. It was deja-vu in the following six ball stint as another aggressive approach resulted in a further 15 runs off spinner Rashid as Australia threatened to run away with their chase.

Maxwell was pivotal in that with his bowling claiming three key wickets, those of Morgan, top-scorer Dawid Malan and late in the piece David Willey.

He was on 97 with Australia needing just one run to win in the penultimate over before smashing a six over deep square leg off Mark Wood, sparking wild celebrations.

When Maxwell was only 40 Alex Hales spilled a regulations catch in the deep but then, after he had added another 19, Jason Roy was adjudged to have grounded a fingertip scoop catch at long on.

Chris Jordan (16no off 11) smashed the final delivery of the innings for six and Willey (3-28) then snared two wickets in the first over of Australia's reply - David Warner (4) and Chris Lynn (0) the men to fall. Two balls later, Willey knocked over T20 superstar Chris Lynn with a beauty as England came storming back into the contest.

Fresh from his stint with the Hobart Hurricanes, D'Arcy Short was right at home at Blundstone, belting a quick-fire 30 off 20 balls, with two fours and two enormous sixes.

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"I told him to hit a single off the ball because I couldn't hit any more", Maxwell quipped.

Maxwell ended up anchoring Australia's successful run chase, guiding the hosts to an exciting victory.

Yet England thought they had created the breakthrough in the 13th over.

The pace department will once again be led by Andrew Tye, the star of the game against New Zealand, and Billy Stanlake, who also put on an exceptional show. Roy's stay at the crease was brief after being deceived by a wide slower ball from Kane Richardson in the second over but runs flowed at the other end.

The Poms limped to 155 runs from their 20 overs.

England plundered 60 in the powerplay but the insertion of spin did the trick with left-armer Ashton Agar removing Alex Hales caught-and-bowed with his first ball. Malan was the only England batsman to have scored a fifty in the innings, with the second-highest scorer being 22.

As wickets tumbled, Malan (50 off 36 balls) played a lone hand eerily reminiscent of his stoic performances in England's wretched Ashes campaign.