Australia was in trouble at 91 for 7 while chasing 292, but then Glenn Maxwell intervened with a sensational 201 not out and managed to flip the script, securing the team’s place in the World Cup semi-finals. Maxwell’s heroic innings included 21 fours and 10 sixes and was celebrated as one of the all-time great ODI innings. Despite cramping up badly, Maxwell continued to smash sixes until he brought home the Australian miracle. He was also supported by his captain Pat Cummins, who contributed just 12 runs to their double-century partnership. Afghanistan had threatened to script a famous win, with Ibrahim Zadran becoming their first-ever centurion in World Cups, but Maxwell’s incredible performance left them heartbroken. Afghanistan’s bowlers inflicted severe damage on Australia’s chase, but they were unable to contain the unstoppable force that was Maxwell. Despite making a valiant effort in the slog overs, Afghanistan ultimately fell short, leaving them in disbelief and helplessness at the end of the game.
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