Glenn Maxwell delivered an exceptional performance when Australia was in dire straits at 91 for seven against Afghanistan. Despite battling cramps and back issues that made even walking painful, Glenn Maxwell’s valiant double-century secured Australia a spot in the semi-finals of the ongoing World Cup, earning respect from all corners. The Wankhede Stadium authorities also lauded the all-rounder, and a picture of him ascending the iconic stand has circulated on the internet. Maxwell’s incredible innings of 201 not out from 128 balls, featuring 21 fours and 10 sixes, turned the tables on Afghanistan just when Hashmatullah Shahidi and his team seemed close to a historic victory.
Cricket is such a beloved game, it gives us a hero from being down and out at 91/7 while pursuing a target of 292.
Climbing these stairs must have been a hard thing to do, but tonight you’ve created a legacy for yourself which would be tough to emulate.
Glenn Maxwell ❤️ pic.twitter.com/rfCzZzmOia
— North Stand Gang – Wankhede (@NorthStandGang) November 7, 2023
During the Afghanistan-Australia World Cup match, a pivotal moment occurred when Afghanistan’s bowlers managed to dismiss seven Australian batsmen for just 91 runs. Facing a challenging target of 292 runs, Australia’s hopes for a semi-final spot rested heavily on the shoulders of Maxwell. The versatile all-rounder put his heart and soul into achieving the seemingly impossible task for the five-time champions.
Despite Australia’s early batting troubles, the 35-year-old Maxwell ensured a smooth journey to victory after the team lost seven wickets with only 100 runs on the board. Supported by skipper Pat Cummins at the other end, Maxwell unleashed a devastating assault on Afghanistan’s bowlers, a performance they won’t soon forget.
Earlier in the match, Ibrahim Zadran’s magnificent unbeaten century, scoring 129 runs from 143 balls, had helped Afghanistan post a competitive total of 291 runs as they sought to keep their semi-final aspirations alive. Unfortunately, despite their efforts, Afghanistan ended up losing the contest by three wickets, leaving them in the sixth position on the World Cup points table. They will now be looking to improve their fortunes in the remaining games of the tournament.
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