ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Points Table, Most Runs, Most Wickets, after Match 39, AUS vs AFG
Australia defeated Afghanistan by 3 wickets in match No. 39 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
Glenn Maxwell has played one of the best innings anyone has ever played in ODI cricket. He made everyone glued to the action at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, just like his feet were while smashing Afghanistan bowlers all over the park for boundaries. In the most astonishing innings played under the lights to chase down Afghanistan’s 291, Glenn Maxwell went on to score his first-ever double-century in ODI cricket and contributed 68.6% of runs while struggling with cramps, dehydration, and Mumbai’s excessive heat.
Maxwell’s effort was one of the finest in ODI cricket, as he took Australia to a win and their deserved place in the semi-finals of ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. Australia, after a 3-wicket win over Afghanistan, have now secured their place in the top-4.
Australia were 7 wickets down for 91 runs, and they needed 201 more to win with Maxwell and captain Pat Cummins still at the wicket. Afghanistan pacers had a terrific beginning to their target defense as they got Australia four-down inside the first powerplay, but Maxwell and Cummins went on to add 202 runs to win the game for Australia.
Cummins contributed a mere 12 runs in a marathon 8th wicket stand, along with Glenn Maxwell. Glenn Maxwell scored 201 runs in 128 balls with 21 fours and 10 sixes. Afghanistan posted 291 runs on the board with the help of Ibrahim Zadran’s (129*) unbeaten century and Rashid Khan’s (35 runs in 18 balls) cameo at the end, but it all was overshadowed by Glenn Maxwell’s brilliance.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Points Table
After winning a thriller against Afghanistan at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Australia have secured their place in the semi-finals round. With India and South Africa already in the semi-finals round, Australia became the third entry into the semi-finals. Australia now have 12 points in their eight league games, and they have won six games consecutively after losing to India and South Africa earlier in the tournament.
Australia’s net run rate now stands at +0.861. Afghanistan had a golden chance of making it to the semi-finals, but Glenn Maxwell’s fighting knock gave them no chance after early breakthroughs. Afghanistan remain at 6th position with 8 points in 8 league games with NRR of -0.338.
Now only one spot in the semi-finals is up for grabs as New Zealand, Afghanistan and Pakistan will fight it out in the coming week.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Most Runs
Australian opener David Warner has now overtaken Rohit Sharma and became the 4th leading run-scorer of the tournament with 446 runs. David Warner was dismissed by Azmatullah Omarzai for 18. South African wicket-keeper Quinton De Kock still holds the first position with 550 runs in 8 innings. Indian batter Virat Kohli is second on the list and trailing by just 7 runs.
Virat, after his 101-run knock against South Africa at Eden Gardens, has 543 runs in eight innings. New Zealand all-rounder Rachin Ravindra is third on this list with 523 runs in 8 innings. Ravindra has smashed three centuries in the tournament so far. Indian captain Rohit Sharma is fifth with 442 runs.
Top 5 leading run-scorer of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023
1. Quinton De Kock (South Africa) – 550 Runs
2. Virat Kohli (India) – 543 Runs
3. Rachin Ravindra (New Zealand) – 523 Runs
4. David Warner (Australia) – 446 Runs
5. Rohit Sharma (India) – 442 Runs
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Most Wickets
Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa picked up one wicket against Afghanistan at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Zampa had the opportunity to overtake Sri Lankan pacer Dilshan Madushanka, who is currently the leading wicket-taker in the tournament. Dilshan Madushanka has picked up 21 wickets in the World Cup 2023, including a 5-wicket haul against India, and he is currently the leading wicket-taker.
Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa is second in the table with 20 wickets in eight games. South African all-rounder Marco Jansen is also having a great World Cup campaign, and he is currently the third-leading wicket-taker in the table with 17 wickets in 8 games. Indian pacer Mohammed Shami is 4th on this list with 16 wickets in 4 games. Pakistani pacer Shaheen Afridi is 5th with 16 wickets in 8 games.
Top 5 leading wicket-takers in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023
1. Dilshan Madushanka (Sri Lanka) – 21 Wickets
2. Adam Zampa (Australia) – 20 Wickets
3. Marco Jansen (South Africa) – 17 Wickets
4. Mohammed Shami (India) – 16 Wickets
5. Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan) – 16 Wickets