Mumbai: In a thrilling showdown, Glenn Maxwell single-handedly sealed Australia’s spot in the World Cup semi-finals with an astonishing unbeaten inning of 201 runs, outshining Afghanistan’s determined efforts. Afghanistan had set a target of 292 runs, but Maxwell’s remarkable performance led Australia to victory, reaching 293 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 46.5 overs. Captain Pat Cummins provided unwavering support to Maxwell.
Despite battling an injury, star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell emerged as the hero of the match. Australia faced adversity as they found themselves at 91 runs for the loss of 7 wickets during their chase, with Afghanistan seemingly in control. However, Maxwell’s incredible innings of 201 runs turned the tide in favor of Australia. Pat Cummins, although scoring only 12 runs from 68 balls, stood his ground and didn’t lose his wicket. Maxwell also enjoyed a stroke of luck with a couple of close calls, which he capitalized on to snatch victory from Afghanistan’s grasp.
Maxwell and Captain Pat Cummins formed an unbeaten partnership of 202 runs off 170 balls for the 8th wicket, establishing the World Cup’s most significant partnership for the last 3 wickets. This remarkable duo surpassed the record set by Kapil Dev and Syed Kirmani against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup.
Maxwell’s unbeaten inning of 201 runs featured 10 sixes and 21 fours, all achieved while he endured considerable pain. Australia’s triumph dashed Afghanistan’s hopes, as their opponents had appeared to be on the brink of reaching the semi-finals at one point. Now, Afghanistan faces an uphill battle to secure their place in the tournament’s later stages.