Glenn Maxwell blows Zimbabwe away with 9-ball 32

Glenn Maxwell clobbered an unbeaten 32 off nine balls to drive Australia to a facile five-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the first of three one-day internationals at Townsville’s Riverway Stadium on Sunday. Chasing 201 for victory, the Australians overhauled their target with more than 16 overs to spare to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Steve Smith scored 48 not out off 80 balls while Maxwell cracked three fours and three sixes to propel Australia to the finish line.

Earlier, the visitors would have aspired a total of 240 to set a challenging target, but the tail had no answer to Cameron Green’s mastery as they lost their last six wickets for 15 runs to be all out in the 48th over.