Glenn Maxwell smashed an unbeaten 201 during a run of 293 against Afghanistan.© AFP
Glenn Maxwell single-handedly took Australia to the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup, slamming an unbeaten 201 during a 293-run run against Afghanistan earlier this week. Australia were chasing 91/7 when captain Pat Cummins joined Maxwell in the middle. With another over on the cards, Maxwell turned the game on its head, stitching an unbeaten 202-run stand with Cummins. Maxwell struggled with severe cramps, and as a result, did much of the talking in limited. He hit 21 fours and 10 sixes, and Cummins managed only 12 from 68 balls during the huge stand.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly said the Afghanistan bowlers made life easy for the injured Maxwell by bowling him in the wicket zone.
“Afghanistan bowled too straight to Maxwell, he should have bowled at the 7th stump because he was injured and couldn’t reach the ball,” Ganguly told Kolkata TV.
Ganguly said that while Afghanistan’s batsmen failed to take advantage, especially when Australia were 91/7, Maxwell’s knock was the greatest ODI innings ever.
“Ajay Jadeja must be crying. They moved too much into his pads. He was just standing and slogging. They had to bowl wide. They don’t want to take anything away from Maxwell. Probably the ODI innings you will see more,” he said.
Five-time champions Australia will play South Africa in the Kolkata semi-final on Thursday, having won six matches in a row after starting the tournament with two wins.
However, they play Bangladesh in their final group game on Saturday, aiming to rest key players ahead of the clash against the Proteas.
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