Glenn Maxwell put together a stunning double hundred that shattered numerous records and steered Australia to a win over Afghanistan. Earlier the Aussies were left reeling as they lost 7 wickets with only 91 runs on the scoreboard when Cumins walked out to the crease.
Glenn Maxwell walked out to the crease at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium with the Australians reeling at 49 for the loss of 4 wickets in the 9th over as they chased a decent Afghanistan total of 292 runs. The dynamic right-hand batsman turned the game on its head scoring 201 off 128 balls with 21 boundaries and 10 sixes.
A certain defeat loomed for the Aussies but Glenn Maxwell battled severe cramps as he guided his team to the victory with an unbeaten 201 and into the World Cup semifinals. Pat Cummings, the Australian captain, called it the greatest one-day innings that he has seen. He called it arguably the greatest innings ever in one-day cricket. He called it one of the “I was there in the stadium” days as Glen Maxwell went on the heroic run chase all on his own.
Australia Captain Hopeful Glenn Maxwell Will Be Fit For Match Against Bangladesh
Cummings said that he was hopeful that Glenn Maxwell would be fit in time for the match against Bangladesh. Despite severe cramps, he continued to play throughout the innings. He said he was sure that he would be available for the next match.
For the young Afghans, it was a heartbreaking game. Coach Jonathan Trott said that the team should have capitalized on their chances from the position they were in. he termed Glenn Maxwell’s innings ‘spectacular and world-class.’
Trott said that this was a game where fortunes can quickly turn if you are not focused on the moment and think too far ahead. The Afghans need to defeat South Africa in their next game in Ahmedabad to bag the 2 points and remain in contention for the semis. Rohit Sharma of India still holds the record for the highest individual score with his 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014 when India amassed 404.