Melbourne Stars skipper Glenn Maxwell struck his archetypal Big Bash League period connected Wednesday nighttime – and helium did it successful his trademark freakish fashion.
But Sydney Sixers opener Josh Philippe responded with a phenomenal sound of his ain to pb the men successful pinkish to a seven-wicket triumph with 2 balls to spare.
The 24-year-old, wide touted arsenic a aboriginal planetary mainstay successful each 3 formats, plundered an unbeaten 99 from conscionable 61 balls arsenic the Sixers hunted down the Stars' full of 177 astatine the MCG.
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In an innings packed with textbook strokes and inventive shots, Philippe registered 11 fours and 2 sixes arsenic the Sixers bolstered their top-of-the-table standing.
Earlier successful the night, Maxwell had smashed 103 from conscionable 57, pummeling 12 fours and 3 sixes connected the way.
Batting astatine No.4, the T20 World Cup all-rounder arrived astatine the crease astatine 2-6 earlier dragging his squad retired of the doldrums.
He launched a switch-hit 4 successful the 90s that near the Fox Cricket commentators stunned.
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"How bash you halt this?" said erstwhile Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.
Ex-Australia all-rounder Brendon Julian replied: "You can't!".
Haddin piled connected praise.
"Just unthinkable batting," Haddin said.
"It's large innovation. It's accomplishment retired of the precise highest class. I'm truthful jealous of players similar Maxi."
The 33-year-old brought up his ton successful conscionable 54 balls.
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"Incredible innings. High people from an unbelievable subordinate ... The Stars were successful each sorts of trouble. You won't spot a amended T20 100 than that."
Philippe's 99 marks the 5th clip a antheral Sixers subordinate has reached the 90s and not gone connected to marque a ton.
The Sixers are the lone franchise of the 8 that's yet to registry a period successful the men's tournament.
Adulation for some Maxwell and Philippe connected societal media has travel heavy and fast.
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