Maxwell’s Unforgettable Innings
Maxwell’s remarkable innings concluded in the final over, with a score of 106 off a mere 44 balls. This exceptional performance was highlighted by nine fours and eight sixes.
Maxwell reached his century with one of his eight sixes, achieving this feat in just 40 balls. This set a new benchmark for the quickest hundred in a Men’s Cricket World Cup.
Smashing Previous Records
Maxwell didn’t merely break the record, he shattered it. He surpassed the previous best, set by Aiden Markram against Sri Lanka earlier in the tournament, by a staggering nine balls.
Previous Record Holders
Markram’s record-breaking performance also took place in Delhi, surpassing a record that had been held since Kevin O’Brien’s 50-ball century against England in 2011.
Maxwell’s Historic Knock
Maxwell’s extraordinary knock is the fastest ever by an Australian man in ODI cricket. It ranks as the fourth fastest of all time, with AB de Villiers’ 31-ball ton against West Indies in 2015 still holding the top spot.
Maxwell’s Rapid Scoring
The 35-year-old reached his fifty from 27 balls, and then accelerated in an incredible manner, taking just 13 more deliveries to reach the century mark.
Netherlands Bowler’s Expensive Figures
Netherlands bowler Bas de Leede bore the brunt of the onslaught, conceding 115 runs in his ten overs. This stands as the most expensive figures in the history of men’s ODI cricket.
Maxwell and Cummins’ Partnership
Most of Maxwell’s brilliant innings was played with captain Pat Cummins at the other end. Their partnership was nothing short of extraordinary.
Together, they amassed 103 runs from 44 balls. Cummins faced just eight deliveries during this time, scoring eight runs, while Maxwell hammered 91 from 36.
Australia’s Impressive Total
Maxwell’s outstanding effort propelled Australia to a total of 399/8, demonstrating the power of his performance.