Australia’s cricket team made history by defeating the Netherlands with a record-breaking margin of 309 runs, the largest ever in a Men’s Cricket World Cup and the second-largest in One Day Internationals (ODIs).
Strong Start by Australia’s Top Order
David Warner and Steve Smith laid a solid foundation for Australia’s innings after choosing to bat first, posting 66/1 after the initial powerplay in Delhi. The top order continued to build on this momentum, with Warner (104), Smith (71), and Marnus Labuschagne (62) forming robust partnerships.
Maxwell’s Unprecedented Century
Glenn Maxwell stole the show with a spectacular display of power-hitting, scoring the fastest century in Cricket World Cup history. Maxwell’s ton, which included eight maximums, came off just 40 balls, beating the previous record by nine balls.
Bas de Leede of the Netherlands suffered the most, conceding 115 runs from his ten overs, marking the most expensive figures in ODI history.
Australia’s Dominant Bowling Performance
The Netherlands struggled in their second innings against Australia’s formidable bowling attack, which dismantled their batting line-up in just 21 overs. Adam Zampa emerged as the star bowler, finishing with figures of 4/8 from three overs and becoming the tournament’s top wicket-taker.
This record-breaking victory significantly boosts Australia’s net run rate, solidifying their position in the top four of the standings.
Match 24: Australia’s Commanding Win Over Netherlands
Australia’s decision to bat first after captain Pat Cummins won the toss proved fruitful. Despite the absence of opener Travis Head and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, Australia’s batting line-up, including Cameron Green, performed exceptionally well.
The Netherlands, sticking with the same team that lost to Sri Lanka, couldn’t contain Australia’s aggressive batting, particularly from Warner and Smith.
Netherlands’ Failed Chase
The Netherlands’ attempt to chase Australia’s massive total of 400 proved futile. Their batting line-up crumbled under Australia’s relentless pace attack, with the team being bowled out for just 90 runs.
Despite the crushing defeat, Netherlands’ captain Scott Edwards remains hopeful for a better performance in their upcoming matches.