Glenn Maxwell smashed the highest individual score in an ODI run chase and became the first Australian batsman to strike a Double Hundred in limited-overs cricket. This is the first time in the history of cricket, that a batsman has scored a double hundred while chasing against the opposition team.
Maxwell’s unbeaten knock of 201 runs from 128 balls ( including 21 fours and 10 sixes) against Afghanistan created many sensational records. At the same time, Maxwell fell 3 balls short of achieving the record of fastest double century in ODIs.
Glenn Maxwell is the 2nd fastest-scoring ODI batsman in the history of ODI cricket. Earlier, Indian batsman Ishan Kishan became the fastest-scoring ODI batsman, achieving his double century in just 126 balls against Bangladesh on 10th December 2022.
Maxwell’s double century completely overshadowed the innings of Afghanistan opening Batsman Ibrahim Zadran’s 129 runs from 143 balls (including 8 fours and 3 sixes).
Maxwell faced a severe leg cramp during the match that prevented him from achieving the record of fastest double hundred. Despite having the potential to achieve this feat, the Australian all-rounder had to undergo all the pains to make his team qualify for the semis.
Neither Glenn Maxwell could opt for a runner because of the non-existence of the rule nor could he have retired hurt without accomplishing the task. Nevertheless, with all the discomforts being faced, Glenn Maxwell had to decline almost 20 to 30 singles to help his team enter the knockout stages.
AUS vs AFG CWC 2023 match: Maxwell’s one-man show with the highest individual score in an ODI run chase
Afghanistan skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi decided to bat first after winning the toss at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Afghanistan scored a huge total of 291-5 in 50 overs, setting a huge target against Australia.
Initially, Australian batsmen succumbed to the dominating bowling attack of the Afghans. Here are the quick fall wickets of Australian Batsmen before Glenn Maxwell’s special show at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai:
- Travis Head ( 0 from 2 balls): 4-1 in 1.2 overs
- Mitchell Marsh ( 24 runs from 11 balls): 43-2 in 5.4 overs
- David Warner (18 runs from 29 balls): 49-3 in 8.1 overs
- Josh Inglis ( 0 from 1 ball): 49-4 in 8.2 overs
- Marnus Labuschagne (14 runs from 28 balls): 69-5 in 14.1 overs
- Marcus Stoinis (6 runs from 7 balls): 87-6 in 16.4 overs
- Mitchell Starc ( 3 runs from 7 balls): 91-7 in 18.3 overs
Australian skipper Pat Cummins’s arrival on the crease at 91-7, completely seemed to be favorable for the Afghanistan Bowlers.
Glenn Maxwell ensured to utilize the maximum chances by facing as many balls as possible. At the same time, the Australian all-rounder shouldered a huge responsibility to ensure that his team reached a winning total.
Furthermore, Maxwell’s dropped catch during the crucial phase of the match offered him more liberation to play free shots. Here are the important moments of Glenn Maxwell’s survival that proved to be the game-changing moment:
- Afghanistan spin bowler Mujeeb Ur Rahman dropped Maxwell’s simple catch when his score was 33 runs from 39 balls.
- Glenn Maxwell favorably reversed the umpire’s decision of LBW using the DRS in the 22nd over.
- The careless fielding by the Afghanistan cricket team paved the opportunity to find gaps and score as many runs as possible.
Here are the milestones of Glenn Maxwell’s highest individual score in an ODI run chase ever as shown below in detail:
- Maxwell scored his half-century in 51 balls( 50 runs from 51 balls – including 7 fours).
- Maxwell reached his 4th ODI century in 76 balls ( 100 runs from 76 balls- including 10 fours and 3 sixes).
- Glenn Maxwell scored his 150 runs in 103 balls ( including 17 fours and 5 sixes).
- Glenn Maxwell achieved his double century in 128 balls ( 201 from 128 balls- including 21 fours and 10 sixes).
- Scored the first 50 runs in 51 balls.
- Completed the next 50 runs in just 25 balls.
- Scored the following 50 runs in just 27 balls.
- Achieved the subsequent 50 runs in just 25 balls to achieve his first double-century in ODIs.
Meanwhile, Maxwell shouted in pain and completely fell on the ground while taking a single during the 41st over. Glenn Maxwell completely refused to retire hurt, despite the Australian spin bowler Adam Zampa being padded up and was set to enter the crease.
Finally, Glenn Maxwell finished the match in style with a six with Australia’s score of 293-7 in 46.5 overs. The final ball six of the match accomplished significant milestones such as:
- Australia won against Afghanistan by 3 wickets and 19 balls to spare.
- The 202-run partnership for the 8th wicket between Glenn Maxwell and Pat Cummins.
- Glenn Maxwell scores his first international double-century.
- Australian cricket team qualifying into the semi-finals of ICC World Cup 2023.
- Australia secured the 3rd position in the points table of CWC 2023.
Amazing Records of Glenn Maxwell against Afghanistan in CWC 2023 by achieving the highest Individual score in an ODI run chase:
Here are the sensational records Glenn Maxwell created at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on 7th November 2023 by scoring the highest individual score in an ODI run chase:
- Glenn Maxwell becomes the highest individual scorer for Australia in ODIs.
- Maxwell with a record of 43 sixes in World Cups, becomes the 3rd batsman with the most number of sixes, following the records of Chris Gayle (49 sixes) and Rohit Sharma (45 sixes).
- The crucial record of the highest individual score in an ODI run chase by Glenn Maxwell ( *201 runs) surpasses the previous records of Fakhar Zaman (193 runs), Shane Watson (*185 runs), MS Dhoni (*183 runs) and Virat Kohli (183 runs).
- Glenn Maxwell records the 3rd highest individual score (*201 runs) in World Cups following the previous records of Martin Guptill (*237 runs) and Chris Gayle( 215 runs).
- Furthermore, the 202-run partnership for the 7th wicket or below is the highest ever in the history of ODI cricket.
- Glenn Maxwell records the highest score as a non-opener in ODIs.
Overall, it is not easy for any batsman to bat the majority of the innings suffering with leg cramps. Especially, under the hot and humid conditions at this venue, a batsman achieving the highest individual score in an ODI run chase becomes completely impossible.
However, the credit goes to all the fans in Mumbai for supporting Maxwell by playing fierce shots without moving his leg and creating a sensation during the toughest conditions.
Ultimately, here is some good news for all Australian cricket fans. Recently, Australian skipper Pat Cummins stated that Glenn Maxwell is set to play the next match against Bangladesh. The upcoming match is set to take place on 11th November 2023 at MCA stadium, Pune.
If such good fortune occurs, it would be interesting to watch the star all-rounder create many sensational records in the upcoming matches of his career…