Cricket World Cup

Maxwell turned the tide, scoring 201 runs

Maxwell turned the tide, scoring 201 runs. In the 39th match of the World Cup, Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell snatched the victory from the jaws of Afghanistan with incredible batting.

Thanks to Maxwell’s unbeaten innings of 201 runs off 128 balls, Australia qualified for the semi-finals by defeating Afghanistan by 3 wickets.

Australia achieved Afghanistan‘s target of 292 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in the 47th over.

Glenn Maxwell’s innings of 201 runs would not be wrong if it is called the best innings in ODI cricket.

After falling for 7 wickets at a total score of 91 runs, Maxwell single-handedly hit six fours on the ground despite a leg injury and removed the brunt of the Afghan bowlers.

Maxwell’s innings of 201 runs included 10 sixes and 21 fours.

 

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Australia is the third team to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup 2023, before which India and South Africa have already qualified for the knockout stage.

The match between the two teams was played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai where Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat against Australia.

Afghanistan’s innings

Maxwell turned the tide, scoring 201 runs
Maxwell turned the tide, scoring 201 runs

 

Afghanistan scored 291 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in the allotted 50 overs, Ibrahim Zadran remained unbeaten with 129 runs.

Ibrahim Zadran became the first batsman to score a century for Afghanistan in the World Cup.

Apart from this, Rahmat Shah scored 30 runs and Hashmatullah scored 26 runs while Azmatullah scored 22 runs, Rahmanullah Gurbaz 21 and Muhammad Nabi scored 12 runs. Rashid Khan was not out for 35 runs.

For Australia, Josh Hazlewood dismissed 2 players, Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell took one wicket each.

Australia’s innings

Maxwell turned the tide, scoring 201 runs
Maxwell turned the tide, scoring 201 runs

 

Chasing Afghanistan’s target of 292, Australia got off to a disappointing start, with the Australian top-order proving to be a wall of sand in front of the Afghan bowlers and the Kangaroos half-team returning to the pavilion for a total score of 69.

David Warner 18, Mitchell Marsh 24, Luboshin 14, Travis Head and Josh Ingles were out for zero.

Australia’s sixth wicket fell on a total score of 87 when Stoins was dismissed for 6 runs, the team’s score reached 91 runs, Mitchell Starc was dismissed for 3 runs.

Australia were 7 out for 91 runs, but luck was kind to Maxwell, dropping two easy catches while Maxwell was adjudged LBW, but he was safe after a review.

Taking advantage of the luck Mesquill played an innings that will be remembered for a long time, he also had a leg problem which kept him from running but he preferred to hit sixes and fours.

Maxwell and Cummins put on a 202-run partnership for the 8th wicket, a partnership that included only 12 runs from Cummins, with Maxwell scoring the rest.

Glenn Maxwell hit a six to complete a double century to give Australia a stunning win.

Maxwell was awarded Player of the Match for his brilliant batting against Afghanistan.

On the points table, India is first with 16 points, South Africa and Australia are second and third with 12 and 12 points respectively, while New Zealand is fourth with 8 points.

Pakistan is fifth and Afghanistan is sixth with 8 points.

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