Glenn Maxwell single-handedly took Australia to the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup, playing an unbeaten knock of 201 during a 292-run chase against Afghanistan. Australia were hanging at 91/7 when captain Pat Cummins joined Maxwell in the middle. Maxwell turned the game on its head, constructing an unbeaten 202-run stand with Cummins. The all-rounder battled severe cramps, and as a result, did much of the talking in boundaries.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly said that Afghanistan bowlers made life easy for an injured Maxwell by bowling him in his strongest zone. "Afghanistan bowled too straight to Maxwell, should have bowled at the 7th stump because he was injured and could not reach the ball," Ganguly told Kolkata TV.
"Ajay Jadeja must be crying. They bowled too much into his pads. He was only standing and slogging. They had to bowl wide. Don't want to take anything away from Maxwell. Probably the Greatest ODI innings you'll see," he added.
Five-time champions Australia will now face South Africa in a Kolkata semi-final on Thursday, having won six games in a row after starting the tournament with two defeats. However, they have to play against Bangladesh in their final group game on Saturday, with a focus on resting key players ahead of the showdown against the Proteas.