'Absolute freak': Maxwell's all-time carnage
GLENN Maxwell pulled out an absolute masterclass once again as the Melbourne Stars continued the Melbourne Renegades' horror start to the BBL season at Marvel Stadium.
While the Stars looked in trouble, needing 60 off the last 30 balls, Maxwell went nuts as he guided his side home with a scorching 83 runs off 45 balls, including seven huge sixes, on Friday night,.
What made the innings even more incredible was that Maxwell was 34 off 29 balls, hitting his final 49 runs in just 16 deliveries.
Maxwell, who had been having a heated battle with Renegades skipper Dan Christian throughout the night, silenced his counterpart with the brutal knock.
Why is there beef between Dan Christian and Glenn Maxwell?— Nick Quinn (@Quinny_1) January 10, 2020
Two of the best players to watch.
The Stars skipper said there was nothing in it.
"We've been texting each other all day and especially being close mates, just harmless banter," Maxwell said.
It was yet another phenomenal innings from Maxwell and it kept his Stars on top of the ladder.
The Renegades had earlier got off to the best start of the competition, after Shaun Marsh's 43-ball 63 and Marcus Harris's 42, and looked set to break their winless streak.
But the defending champs opened the door late, losing 5-22 in the last four overs.
Set 169 runs to win, the Stars lost leading run-scorer Marcus Stoinis for a third-ball duck and appeared well behind the eight-ball at 3-73 at the end of the 10th over.
Remarkably, Maxwell hit five sixes off his last 14 balls as he got the Stars over the line with an absurd display of hitting.
Cricket fans watching on couldn't believe what their eyes were seeing unfold in front of them.
Glenn Maxwell is an absolute freak. Some of the innings he's played in this Big Bash have been unbelievable. #BBL09— Travis Meyn (@travismeyn) January 10, 2020
The seven sixes raise an extra $1750 for the bushfire appeal as well.
"There's still a lot of things we can work on," Maxwell said after the game alluding to the Stars' bowling, fielding and batting in the power play.
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Convince me Glenn Maxwell isn’t in Australia’s best white ball teams every single time. Go. #BBL09— Theo Doropoulos (@TheoDrop) January 10, 2020
The Stars needed 60 off 30 and won with 8 balls to spare. Remarkable hitting from Maxwell #bbl09— Tim Michell (@tim_michell) January 10, 2020
Never missionary for Glenn Maxwell. So flamboyant and incredible to watch. #BBL09— Xavier Ellis (@XaviEllis18) January 10, 2020
Glenn maxwell is certainly enjoying his cricket now after his time out - he owns #BBL09 . Just spectacular tonight and averaging about 80 while batting mostly in the second half of innings. If stars dont win this year they never will.— ron reed (@reedrw) January 10, 2020