Australia defeated Afghanistan by 3 wickets to book the semi-final ticket in the ICC World Cup 2023, on the basis of Glenn Maxwell’s stormy innings of unbeaten 201 runs played in difficult conditions. Australia has won for the sixth time in 9 matches and scored 12 points. Australia lost 7 wickets for 91 runs. Despite this, Maxwell did not give up and single-handedly led Australia to a thrilling victory. Australia chased the target of 292 runs by scoring 293 runs for 7 wickets in 46.5 overs. Maxwell scored 201 runs in 128 balls, hitting 21 fours and 10 sixes. Pat Cummins scored 12 runs on 68 balls. Maxwell received the player of the match award for his stormy innings.
The Australian team made a very poor start to the chase. Kangaroos lost four wickets on the score of 49. Naveen Ul Haq did not even allow Travis Head to open the account. Naveen got Head caught by Ikram Alikhil. Naveen gave the second blow to the Kangaroos by dismissing Mitchell Marsh LBW. Marsh was out after scoring 24 runs in 11 balls.
David Warner was out after scoring 18 runs. Azmatullah Omarzai bowled him out. On the next ball, Omarzai did not even allow Josh Inglis to open his account, while Marnus Labuschagne was run out after scoring 14 runs. Rashid Khan dismissed Marcus Stoinis for 6 runs. Rashid sent Starc to the pavilion on the personal score of 3.
Match winner maxwell
Best innings in run chase, career best score
Australia’s first double centurion in the World Cup
Record partnership of 202 runs with Cummins
Afghanistan scored 291 with Ibrahim’s century.
Afghanistan made a strong score of 291 runs for five wickets on the basis of Ibrahim Zadran’s century. Zadran became the first Afghan batsman to score a century in the World Cup. Zadran scored unbeaten 129 runs in 143 balls with 8 fours and 3 sixes. Afghanistan team was successful in adding 64 runs in the last five overs. Rashid Khan scored unbeaten 35 runs in 18 balls in the death overs.
Ibrahim Zadran scored the first century for Afghanistan in the World Cup.
21-year-old Zadran, who played for the first time in ODI four years ago, scored his fifth century in just his 26th match at the Wankhede Stadium. He is the first batsman for Afghanistan to score a century against Australia and the first batsman for Afghanistan to score a century in the World Cup. Samiullah Shinwari was Afghanistan’s best individual score when he scored 96 against Scotland in Dunedin in the 2015 World Cup.
Adam Zampa has taken 20 wickets
Trying to increase the run rate, Azmatullah Umarzai scored 22 runs in 18 balls with two sixes and one four. He was dismissed by leg spinner Adam Zampa (58/1), who has taken 20 wickets so far in the World Cup. In the end, Rashid Khan played an important role in taking the team close to 300 runs by playing an unbeaten inning of 35 runs in 18 balls with two fours and three sixes.
Shane Watson’s record broken
Australian player Shane Watson had made this record in his name. In 2011, he scored unbeaten 185 runs against Bangladesh. Watson’s score was Australia’s best in ODIs. Former England captain Andrew Strauss set the record for the highest innings in a run chase in the World Cup. In 2011, he scored 158 runs against India. However, the match was tied.
Second fastest double century
Team India’s opener Ishan Kish has made the record of fastest double century in ODI. In December 2022, he took 126 balls against Bangladesh. Maxwell faced 128 balls. Chris Gayle is in third order. He had 138 balls.