Australia breaks record, beats Sri Lanka in 1st T20

Australia's Glenn Maxwell, right, and Usman Khawaja run between wickets during their first twenty20 cricket match against Sri Lanka in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
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PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP) Australia broke the world scoring record in Twenty20 internationals on Tuesday as an unbeaten century by opener Glenn Maxwell helped the tourists to 263-3 and an 85-run victory in the first match against Sri Lanka.

Asked to bat first, Maxwell smashed nine sixes and 14 boundaries for his 145 not out in 65 balls to guide Australia to its record-breaking 20-over total. The previous mark had been set by Sri Lanka at 260-6 against Kenya in 2007.

Needing more than 13 runs an over to win, Sri Lanka made a poor start, losing Tillakaratne Dilshan in the first over bowled by Mitchell Starc.

The asking rate soared as Australia's tight bowling paid off with regular wickets, limiting Sri Lanka to 178-9.

Captain Dinesh Chandimal scored 58 for the hosts.