Incredible Maxwell takes Australia to improbable win, World Cup semis

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Incredible Maxwell takes Australia to improbable win, World Cup semis

Glenn Maxwell’s heroic innings of 201 runs off 128 balls led Australia to a remarkable three-wicket victory over Afghanistan in a World Cup match on November 7th. Despite being reduced to 91 for seven wickets, Australia managed to chase down Afghanistan’s target of 292 with 19 balls to spare, thanks to Maxwell’s extraordinary counter-attack. Maxwell battled through cramps and relied on big hits, hitting 21 fours and 10 sixes, many of them on one leg. His unbeaten double century sealed the victory and secured Australia’s spot in the semi-finals.

Afghanistan had appeared on the verge of a famous victory against the five-time champions. After setting a target of 292, they had Australia struggling at 91 for seven wickets. However, they were left in disbelief as Maxwell and captain Pat Cummins formed an unbroken eighth-wicket partnership of 202 runs to guide Australia to victory.

Maxwell’s innings was not without its challenges. He suffered from cramps after reaching his fourth hundred in the 50-over format. Despite the pain, he continued to play, reducing his running between the wickets and relying more on big hits. His determination and resilience paid off as he single-handedly led Australia to victory.

Maxwell’s innings consisted of 21 fours and 10 sixes, with the last six sealing his double century. Reflecting on his performance, Maxwell admitted to feeling “shocking” due to the heat and lack of high-intensity exercise. However, he was grateful to have stuck it out until the end.

Cummins, who remained unbeaten on 12 from 68 balls, played a crucial role in the partnership with Maxwell. Their unbroken eighth-wicket stand proved to be the turning point of the match, as Afghanistan’s numerous attempts to dislodge Maxwell were unsuccessful.

Despite their disappointment, Afghanistan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi acknowledged Maxwell’s exceptional performance and credited him for his relentless batting. Afghanistan’s bowlers had started well, and they had dropped chances for the eighth wicket, but Maxwell’s determination proved to be the difference.

Earlier in the match, Afghanistan’s opening batsman Ibrahim Zadran scored his maiden World Cup hundred, anchoring their innings with an unbeaten 129 from 143 balls. Rashid Khan’s two quick strikes had initially put Afghanistan in a strong position, but Australia’s depth in batting and Maxwell’s heroics turned the tide in their favor.

With this victory, Australia secured their spot in the semi-finals, joining India and South Africa as the third team to do so. The match showcased the unpredictable nature of cricket, with Afghanistan coming close to a historic win but ultimately falling short.

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