Watch: Glenn Maxwell’s direct hit to run out Netherlands opener Vikramjit Singh
Glenn Maxwell hit the fastest century in World Cup history against Netherlands.
Australia won the toss and posted a impressive total of 399-8 in their allotted 50 overs against Netherlands in match No. 24 ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. With David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, and Glenn Maxwell all delivering stand-out performances.
But the star of the show was Glenn Maxwell. He did something incredible. He scored 100 runs in just 40 balls, breaking the previous record set by Aiden Markram, who scored 100 runs in 49 balls earlier in the same tournament. Maxwell’s innings was brilliant, and ended with 106 runs from just 44 balls. He hit 9 boundaries and 8 huge sixes, showing an incredible mix of power and precision.
Glenn Maxwell’s fielding brilliance
Netherlands, on the other hand, started their innings well but soon started losing wickets. During the 5th over of Netherlands’ innings, Vikramjit Singh faced Hazlewood’s bowling and played a shot that rolled to mid-off. Positioned on the back foot, his timing was off. Maxwell at mid-off reacted swiftly, fielded the ball, and made an accurate throw, catching Vikramjit Singh well out of his crease. Despite his promising start, he had to depart. Maxwell, who had made significant contributions with the bat earlier, also made his presence felt in the field.
Vikramjit Singh scored 25 runs from 25 balls, which included four boundaries. Maxwell, who is a key player for Australia, showed his skills not only with the bat but also on the field, making a significant impact in the game.
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At the moment, Netherlands finds themselves in deep trouble as they are struggling at a score of 69/5 while chasing a massive target. On the other hand, Australia will be eager to wrap things up swiftly and secure a convincing victory to improve their net run rate significantly.