stunned the Afghans by becoming the first-ever batter to score an incredible two centuries in a One Day International (ODI) run-chase. On Tuesday, Glenn Maxwell put on a jaw-dropping show of batting, smashing an epic two-hundred not out as the Aussies achieved a difficult three-wicket victory over Afghanistan in a thrilling contest at the World Cup. The incredible feat marked a record, as he is the first-ever batter to score two tons in an ODI run-chase.
Hashmatullah Shahidi (44), and Gulbadin Naib (22) made some quick runs but in the end, it was the destructive batting of Glenn Maxwell that caused pain to the Afghani side. Maxwell had no mercy as he granted them no chance or selection, hitting a record breaking 200 off just 148 balls while being ably supported by Pat Cummins who contributed with a composed 12 runs in 68 deliveries. Even as the 35-year-old began to experience cramps in the final overs, he was still able to scoreshots without any footwork.
Hashmatullah Shahidi (26) and Azmatullah Omarzai (22) were significant members of the victorious team. Other than Josh Hazlewood, none of the Australian bowlers performed to the standards set, as the right-handed bowler only gave away 39 runs in nine overs and claimed two critical wickets. Next, Afghanistan must win the game against South Africa to be played on November 9. Lastly, Australia’s final group game will be against Bangladesh on November 11.