Relive the spectacular moments as Glenn Maxwell and David Warner lead Australia to a record-breaking run-fest in the ICC World Cup 2023. Centuries, partnerships, and shattered records – an unforgettable cricket spectacle.
Glenn Maxwell and David Warner orchestrated a magnificent display with the bat, delivering sublime centuries that transformed the 23rd matchday of the ICC World Cup 2023 into an extraordinary run-fest in New Delhi on Wednesday.
In a pivotal World Cup encounter against the giant killers, Netherlands, Australia opted to bat first at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, where they proceeded to post a colossal total of 399-8 in their allotted 50 overs.
Warner and Maxwell, in splendid form, notched up centuries of pure brilliance, with former skipper Steve Smith contributing 71 runs and Marnus Labuschagne adding 62 runs of his own, filling the innings with strokes that resonated with skill and precision. This remarkable effort resulted in Australia achieving its second-highest total in World Cup history.
The veteran opener, Warner, displayed an incredible performance, marking his second consecutive century and registering his sixth in the ICC event, reaching the milestone in just 91 balls. In the process, Warner struck 11 fours and three sixes, etching his name just below Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, who holds the record for the most World Cup centuries (7). Warner boasts six centuries in 23 innings, while Rohit has seven in 22 innings at the World Cup.
Following the solid foundation laid by Warner and Smith, Maxwell took the crease and played an extraordinary innings, setting a World Cup record for the fastest century, achieving this feat in a mere 40 balls.
In a historical context, this match became only the second occasion in the annals of World Cup cricket where an Australian innings featured two centuries, a milestone previously reached in a game against Pakistan. Maxwell and skipper Cummins formed a formidable partnership, amassing 103 runs against the Netherlands, securing the third-highest stand for a 100-plus partnership at World Cups in terms of run rates.
Additionally, Cummins and Maxwell recorded the highest 7th wicket stand for Australia in World Cup history. Maxwell’s whirlwind innings of 106 runs off 44 balls, adorned with eight sixes, propelled him to the third spot in the list of Australian batters with the most sixes in the 50-over format.
Australia’s dominance reached new heights, while the Netherlands’ Bas de Leede found himself etching an unwanted record in the 50-over format, leaking 115 runs in his 10 overs – the most by any bowler in an ODI innings. On the other hand, Adam Zampa secured his 12th 4-wicket haul for Australia in ODI cricket, with legendary spinner Shane Warne remaining the only player with more 4-wicket hauls (13) for Australia.
Australia’s formidable performance led to an emphatic victory, as they thrashed the Netherlands by a staggering 309 runs, marking the highest-ever win by runs in the history of the World Cup.