Maxwell’s Masterclass: 201 Not Out Defies Odds in World Cup Semifinal* In a turn of events that has left the cricket world in awe, Glenn Maxwell delivered what can only be described as an innings for the ages, scoring an unprecedented 201* to catapult Australia into the World Cup Semifinals. This remarkable chase saw Australia recover from a perilous 91/7, as Maxwell, battling cramps and physical exhaustion, played through pain to achieve the highest individual ODI score in a chase, rewriting the annals of World Cup history.
Australia’s Phenomenal Fightback from the Brink Facing down the barrel against a spirited Afghanistan side, Maxwell, with Pat Cummins in tow, who contributed a stoic 12 runs, mounted a 202-run partnership that snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. Beyond the sheer numbers, this game was a spectacle that pushed the boundaries of belief and showcased Maxwell’s superhuman endurance and skill.
Mumbai Witnesses Cricketing Wizardry from Maxwell The cricketing epic unfolded at Mumbai’s stadium, the spiritual home of the sport in India, where Maxwell’s incredible display of guts and willpower reached its zenith. In a dramatic 41st over, Maxwell’s pain was palpable as he collapsed on the field, raising concern from officials and spectators alike. Yet, refusing to yield, he continued his onslaught against Afghanistan’s bowlers, unleashing a barrage of sixes and fours that ultimately sealed a memorable three-wicket win for Australia.
Afghanistan’s Promising Start Turns to Heartbreak Earlier in the day, Afghanistan’s cricket team had laid down a formidable challenge, setting a target of 291, buoyed by Ibrahim Zadran’s century and Rashid Khan’s explosive batting. The day seemed to belong to them as they had the Australian giants reeling, only for Maxwell’s defiant innings to eclipse their commendable efforts and render their record-setting total a footnote in World Cup lore.
Maxwell’s Heroics Enter Cricketing Folklore The match concluded in a scene that will be etched in the memories of cricket fans worldwide. Maxwell’s decisive final over against Mujeeb, which included a sequence of dot, six, six, four, six, left spectators in disbelief as he became the first Australian to score a double century in an ODI, turning a tense semifinal into a celebration of one man’s indomitable spirit.