The world witnessed something extraordinary as Glenn Maxwell ran havoc on the Afghanistan bowling attack at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. No bowler was able to stop him, although some credit goes to Mujeeb Ur Rahman who dropped him earlier in his innings but if anyone would have believed or said that the Aussie will change the game from their, everyone would have laughed on that. Australia were 91 for 7 when the partnership between Maxwell and Cummins began. Records were shattered, bowlers were punished and crowd was roaring – just because of one man – Glenn Maxwell. (Cricket World Cup 2023 Points Table: How Can Pakistan, New Zealand Qualify For Semifinals After Australia Thrash Afghanistan?)
10 sixes and 21 fours were smashed by the Aussie batter as he finished with 201 runs off 128 ball with a staggering strike-rate of 157.03. It was a contest which was fully on Afghanistan’s side as Australia lost seven wickets in their chase of 292 without even having 100 runs on the board. Maxwell literally made the Afghanistan fans and cricketers cry in mumbai. (Cricket World Cup 2023: Ajay Jadeja Mocks Marnus Labuschagne With Hilarious Dance – WATCH)
Checkout his knock and reactions here:
— (@LoyalSachinFan) November 7, 2023
GLENN MAXWELL WITH ONE LEG…!!!!
He smashed 151* from 104 balls – one of the most iconic knocks ever in World Cup history. pic.twitter.com/eClZxQnaox
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 7, 2023
With Glenn Maxwell’s stellar knock, Australia qualified for the semifinals as he finished unbeaten on 201 off 128 deliveries. Earlier, Afghanistan opening batter Ibrahim Zadran made history on Monday, becoming his country’s first-ever centurion in the history of the ICC Cricket World Cup. Zadran reached this record during the match against five-time champions Australia at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday. Zadran carried his bat till the end, scoring 129 in 143 balls, with eight fours and three sixes. He scored his runs at a strike rate of over 90.
The Australian team defeated Afghanistan by three wickets and advanced to the semifinals thanks to the innings, which also marked the first double century by an Australian batsman. Maxwell became just the third hitter in World Cup history to score double ton. With his team down seven wickets for just 91 runs and suffering from cramping, Maxwell used his strike to smash a double century in 128 deliveries. In One-Day Internationals, his eight-wicket partnership of 202 runs with Pat Cummins was the highest.