MUMBAI- Glenn Maxwell pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in the history of cricket. His magical innings of 201 from 128 balls, which included 10 sixes and 21 fours, took Australia past Afghanistan by three wickets in the ICC World Cup match in Mumbai on Tuesday.
It was the highest score by an Australian in ODIs as Australia became third team to secure a semi-finals berth.
He was involved in a match-winning 202-run stand for the eighth wicket with Pat Cummins, who scored 12 runs in that partnership.
His knock will rank as one of the greatest comebacks in the history of 50-overs cricket as Australia bounced back from 91/7 in the 19th over.
Despite struggling with cramps, Maxwell smashed his way to 142 from 99 balls, hitting 15 fours and five sixes. He has put on 141 runs from 129 balls for the eighth wicket with Cummins, who is playing a watchful knock of 11 from 55 balls.
Earlier, Opening batsman Ibrahim Zadran struck Afghanistan’s maiden World Cup hundred to help his team post 291 for five wickets.
Five-times champions Australia made a slow start to their campaign in the 50-overs showpiece event with defeats in their opening two games but a win over Afghanistan has cemented their spot in the semi-finals.
Three consecutive victories had also put the Afghans in contention for a spot in the knockout stages and victories in their remaining two fixtures would have guaranteed them a semi-final place.
India and South Africa have already booked their spots in the semi-finals.
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