The match between Australia and Netherlands at the Cricket World Cup 2023 was reported live.
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Second over: Netherlands 18-0 (Singh 13, O’Dowd 5) The Netherlands has made a fantastic comeback in Delhi after being hit hard by Maxwell. O’Dowd takes a swing at a wide delivery from Hazelwood and manages to get an edge for four runs. Singh also shows his skill with two consecutive boundaries, the first a cover drive and the second a powerful shot that races to the boundary. The game is heating up!
In the first over, the team from the Netherlands has a score of four runs with Vikramjit Singh scoring four and Max O’Dowd scoring zero. Mitchell Starc bowls the first ball which Singh defends, while O’Dowd leans on his bat at the other end. Starc seems energized and is bowling with two slips in position. He manages to bowl five consecutive dot balls before Singh hits a full ball on his pads for a beautiful four through mid-wicket. This gets the Dutch team started and they just need 99 more runs like that to win.
“Gradually, they disappeared one by one.”
Mick Lewis is likely to have his most restful night in 17 years…
Geoff has provided additional Maxwell statistics.
The athletes are preparing on the sidelines, as the television has just aired a clip of Andy Bichel dominating England at the 2003 World Cup. I, as a teenager, can barely bear to watch.
Hi Jonathan, great job covering the excitement and brilliance of the last ten overs! Hello everyone, Jim here to guide you through the Dutch team’s response, with the small task of scoring 400 runs for the team in orange.
Statisticians around the world are eagerly analyzing the impressive innings, causing a buzz with their numerical data. I came across one particular statistic that caught my attention – it’s from the brilliant mind of Daniel Norcross (although I’m sure he borrowed it from somewhere else…)
At the beginning of this half-time summary, it must be noted that the Netherlands did not perform poorly in bowling, remained composed, had a shrewd captain, and fielded exceptionally well given the circumstances. Yet, they are still tasked with chasing 400 runs.
The primary factors contributing to this are David Warner and Glenn Maxwell.
Australia’s innings was led by the former player who scored 104 runs in 93 deliveries after Pat Cummins won the toss. The veteran’s performance included both explosive scoring and composed moments, setting the stage for the aggressive play that came later. Steve Smith (71) and Marnus Labuschagne (62) also made solid contributions, while Mitch Marsh (9) was dismissed early.
However, Australia’s score went from 244-2 to 290-6, and their goal of reaching 400 became much less attainable. Then, Maxwell achieved his long-awaited achievement of scoring a century in just 40 balls – the fastest in World Cup history by nine balls! His incredible shots on the cricket field were a delight to behold. In just seven overs, his partnership with Cummins added 103 runs and transformed the match into a masterpiece of performance art.
Bas de Leede was responsible for the majority of the destruction, concluding his 10 overs with a record-breaking 2/115. Despite this, I believe with time he will come to understand the significance of his contribution in one of the most remarkable moments in cricket history.
Now, it is James Wallace’s turn to take charge and guide you through the Dutch run chase. See you soon.
To achieve success, the Netherlands must score approximately 400 points in Delhi.
The 50th over concludes with Australia at 399-8, with Cummins at 12 and Zampa at 1. Cummins smashes a four on the last ball.
Van Beek gets his second wicket! Starc tries to hit a big shot but can only manage a top edge that Ackermann does a good job of catching in the evening in Delhi.
Maxwell is appropriately able to leave on his own accord, hitting another powerful hit, this time near enough for Engelbrecht to sprint and make a sliding catch just inches from the boundary.
Australia is at 393-6 with Maxwell at 106 and Cummins at 8. Even poorly hit shots are resulting in runs. Maxwell attempts a reverse lap but the ball is still deflected off the back of his bat and goes past the keeper for four runs. The partnership between Maxwell and Cummins has reached 100 runs in just 43 balls.
49th over: Australia 389-6 (Maxwell 102, Cummins 8) Maxwell dominates the over with his impressive batting skills. De Leede bowls a full and straight delivery, which Maxwell responds to by hitting consecutive fours down the ground. He then smashes a slower ball over midwicket for six and sends a legside full toss out of the ground for another six! It’s chaos and destruction on a monumental level! 4/4/6/6… What comes next? Another six! Maxwell effortlessly hits another full toss over square leg. This is a record-breaking performance as he becomes the fastest player to reach a century in a World Cup match, surpassing Aidan Markram’s record of 49 set just days ago. This is truly remarkable. Maxwell takes off his helmet, spreads his arms wide and basks in the applause. This is the culmination of everything he has been promising throughout his career.
In the 48th over, Australia’s score is 361-6 with Maxwell at 75 and Cummins at 8. Van Beek is tasked with bowling and Maxwell starts off by hitting a six over cow corner. Cummins also tries to join in the fun, but his shot is not successful as O’Dowd hesitates and misses the chance to catch it. Maxwell then takes the strike again and hits another impressive six over backward point. It’s almost like watching a computer-generated animation. How is he able to do this?
Maxwell 75 off 35!
In the 47th over, Australia’s score is 340-6 with Maxwell at 61 and Cummins at 3. Maxwell impressively hits a switch hit over point for another boundary, sending the ball far into the stands. It’s difficult to figure out how to bowl against him. The magician reaches his 50 runs in just 27 balls.
Wow, he just performed the same shot but as a pull while mid-leap! That was an impressive six with the ball almost hitting his face! This is truly a display of performance art.
In the 46th over, Australia’s score is 325-6 with Maxwell at 46 and Cummins at 3. Witness the magic of Maxwellball as he switches up his shots and hits a one-bounce four over the point area. He then confidently hits a six over square leg. Van Meekeren remains composed and limits the damage for the rest of the over.
In the 45th over of the match, Australia’s score stands at 312-6 with Maxwell scoring 34 runs and Cummins 2 runs. De Leede changes his bowling strategy, preventing Australia from scoring a boundary. Despite this, Maxwell is able to increase the score with a clever shot outside off stump that is caught just before reaching the boundary rope.
In the 44th over, Australia’s score is 305-6 with Maxwell at 30 and Cummins at 0. Maxwell starts off van Meekeren’s ninth over with a beautiful late cut for four. He then misses with a couple of swings, but a close call on a wide bouncer results in three consecutive dots. Maxwell tries another powerful swing, but it ends up off the edge and soaring high into the Delhi sky. Will it be caught by a fielder? It almost was! Teja Nidamanuru, positioned at mid-off, couldn’t quite reach it as he stumbled backwards and attempted a desperate dive.
In the 43rd over, Australia’s score is 297-6 with Maxwell at 22 runs and Cummins at 0. Maxwell continues to score with a skillful sweep for four runs, followed by a couple more runs and a change of strike. Cummins faces only one delivery and van der Merwe knows he won’t go for anything fancy, so he pitches a wide full delivery for the No 8 to chase. Cummins falls for the trap, misses the ball, and Edwards claims the catch behind the stumps. The Dutch captain takes a while to decide whether to REVIEW or not. The crowd cheers as the T signal is given, but it doesn’t take long for Rassie Erasmus to realize there was no contact with the bat.