(CTN News) – There is no doubt that Glenn Maxwell played one of the greatest innings in the history of the World Cup, hitting an unbeaten double century, which helped Australia defeat Afghanistan by three wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday.
With the help of skipper Pat Cummins, Maxwell, 35, terrorised Afghanistan’s bowlers with a series of incredible batting displays, and he, along with Cummins, snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
He came to bat as his side were 49-4 after Josh Inglis had just lost his wicket for a golden duck, and he came to bat when his side were 49-4.
There were two different instances in which Maxwell got a life in the form of Hashmatullah Shahidi dropping him and Mujeeb ur Rehman dropping him.
Afghan bowlers caused all kinds of trouble for Australian batsmen in the early overs of the match, and they were on their way to a certain victory. As for Shahidi’s men, Maxwell alone was responsible for their pain as the right-handed destructive batter gave them no choice or chance whatsoever.
In addition to Maxwell, Cummins also played an important role as he scored 12 runs in 68 balls and played a calm and sensible knock.
As well as cramps, the 35-year-old batsman was also unable to run and, in the last over, he was also not able to use any footwork when he played a shot.
He became the first player ever to score a 200 in an ODI chase and also the first player to score two centuries in a World Cup edition while batting at No. 5 or lower in the order.
First to bat, Ibrahim Zadran was one of the standout players of the World Cup as he became the first Afghani batter ever to score a century in the history of the tournament.
Despite other Afghani batters failing to score big, Zadran was the only one who came as an opener and stayed until the very end of the game, which helped make sure his side reached a good total.
There was considerable support provided by Rashid Khan to Zadran during the last five overs as the all-rounder scored 35 off just 18 deliveries with two fours and three sixes in a fast-paced knock.
The winning team was led by Rahmat Shah (30), Hashmatullah Shahidi (26) and Azmatullah Omarzai (22) who contributed to the victory as well.
Among the Australian bowlers, Josh Hazlewood was the only one who lived up to the expectations as the right-handed pacer conceded just 39 runs in nine overs and also took two important wickets in the process.
As a result, Afghanistan will now have to play another crucial and must-win match against South Africa on November 9.
A final group match will take place between Maxwell Australia and Bangladesh on November 11 as part of the group stage.