Afghanistan: 291/5 in 50 overs
Australia: 293/7 in 46.5 overs
Results: Australia won by 3 wickets
Incredible, superhuman, unimaginable—have these words ever felt too light as adjectives? That must have been the feeling after watching Glenn Maxwell’s unbeaten innings of 201 off 128 balls against Afghanistan at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. In innings where records are shattered, batsman’s footwork is out of the dictionary, incredible feats are ridiculously accessible, the unimaginable happens in an instant! At one time, it seemed that Maxwell was playing alone on the field, and everyone else was just watching!
After 7 wickets fell for 91 runs, Australia’s chances of winning this match were drowning in the Arabian Sea next to Wankhede, Afghanistan was indicating to cheapen the word ‘unhappened’ once again. Maxwell, who came at number six, had to handle the hat-trick ball, who was not in the previous match and fell into a strange concussion! No team has ever won a World Cup match by batting late and losing so many wickets for so few runs. Maxwell from there added a record 202 runs in ODIs with Pat Cummins in an unbroken eighth wicket partnership, where the Australian captain contributed 12 runs from 68 balls!