'Take a bow' - Twitter goes crazy as Australia snatch impossible win by 3 wickets against Afghanistan

Glenn Maxwell smashed a historic double century, scoring an unbeaten 201 runs off just 128 balls with 21 fours and 10 sixes to help Australia register a historic win against Afghanistan.

Mathew K
Nov 07, 2023 22:55 IST
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Glenn Maxwell (File Photo, Twitter)

Glenn Maxwell (File Photo, Twitter)

Australia, riding on the single-handed once-in-a-century batting heroics of Glenn Maxwell scripted one of the greatest and historic wins in the 48-year-long history of the ODI World Cup 2023. The Aussies were looking completely down-and-out when they lost 7 wickets just at the score of 91 runs while chasing the target of 292 runs against Afghanistan in the 39th match of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023.

But then came a guy named Glenn Maxwell who single-handedly stole the show, with brilliant support from his skipper Pat Cummins, who just scored 12 runs off 68 balls to stay there in the middle, taking Australia over the line.

Speaking of the detailed action of the match, Afghanistan won the toss and decided to bat first; batting first, the Afghans posted a decent total of 291 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in the allotted 50 overs. Star opener Ibrahim Zadran scored a crucial century, scoring 129 runs with 8 fours and 3 sixes, alongside a quick and blistering cameo of 35 runs off just 18 balls, played by Rashid Khan.

Josh Hazlewood picked two wickets for the Aussies, alongside one wicket each claimed by Mitchell Starc, Glenn Maxwell, and Adam Zampa.

Glenn Maxwell scripts historic run-chase of Australia

While chasing the target, Australia started losing wickets at quick intervals after they lost their second wicket at the score of 43 runs; there came a moment in the match when the five-time World Cup champions had lost 7 wickets at the score of only 91 runs and a defeat was nearing them.

But Glenn Maxwell had some other plans on the day and he came up with a historic and blistering knock of 201 runs, with 21 fours and 10 sixes, hitting his first ODI double century. Maxwell stitched an unbeaten and match-winning partnership of 202 runs with skipper Pat Cummins, who held the one end like a rock.

Eventually, Australia sealed a historic win by 3 wickets to seal a spot in the semi-finals of the tournament.

Here’s how fans reacted to Australia’s historic win against Afghanistan:

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