Maxwell shines with bat

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iol spt mar28 Maxwell-Windies Reuters Australia's Glenn Maxwell. Photo by:Andrew Biraj/Reuters

Dhaka– Australia survived a West Indies spin assault to post a commanding 178-8 in a key Super-10 group two match of the World Twenty20 in Dhaka on Friday.

Six of the eight wickets fell to spinners after Australia elected to take first strike, with Samuel Badree, Marlon Samuels and Sunil Narine claiming two wickets each.

Glenn Maxwell hit 45 off 22 balls at the top of the order, while Brad Hodge chipped in with a 26-ball 35 during a sixth-wicket stand of 52 with James Faulkner.

Both teams, who have lost a game each, need a win to remain in serious contention for the semi-finals.

Australia were beaten by Pakistan in their only game so far, while defending champions West Indies lost to India before defeating hosts Bangladesh.

A second loss for either team will almost certainly hasten an early exit.

Openers David Warner and Aaron Finch plundered 33 runs off the first 22 balls when the West Indies hit back with three wickets in the next two overs.

Finch and Warner were bowled trying to hit against the spin, while Shane Watson was stumped on second attempt by Denesh Ramdin in Narine's first over.

Maxwell propelled the innings with a stunning knock that contained three sixes and five boundaries before he was fifth out in the 12th over with the total at 100. – Sapa-AFP

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