'Maxi: Jalwa hai hamara yahan' - Fans react as Glenn Maxwell smashes incredible hundred under pressure for Australia against Afghanistan

Glenn Maxwell threatens to take the game away from Afghanistan, as he smashes an incredible hundred under pressure for Australia in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023.

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Glenn Maxwell has played one of the best knocks in the history of the ODI World Cup 2023. Under pressure, the Australian batter registered a fantastic ton and kept Australia alive in the game. The situation in which the knock has come would make it an incredible knock. Before the onslaught of the lower middle order, Afghanistan was all over Australia. But the knock has kept the match in a balance. 

Chasing 291, Australia was reduced to 49/4. The Afghanistan pacers were on fire straightaway. Naveen-ul-Haq dismissed Travis Head for a duck. Later on, he got the wicket of Mitchell Marsh and troubled Australia. Azamatullah Omarzai joined the party as he dismissed David Warner. The very next ball, he got the wicket of Josh Inglis and reduced Australia to a tough situation. 

That was when Maxwell walked into the middle. For a brief period, the aggressive batter tried to build a partnership with Marnus Labuschagne. But the latter was dismissed via a runout. Maxwell then saw the other batters around him like Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Starc getting dismissed cheaply. At that stage, Australia was reduced to 91/7. Afghanistan was the clear favourite to win the match. 

Glenn Maxwell's sensational knock revives Australia

What followed it was a masterclass from Maxwell. Despite surviving some close calls, Maxwell did not stop the attacking mode. The aggressive batter went after the spinner, as he brought out some unorthodox shots. As the assault continued, the spinners looked clueless. The pressure was back on Afghanistan and Maxwell made the best use of it. Maxwell played some wonderful shots in the middle. 

In 76 balls, Maxwell got to his hundred, which included a lot of boundaries. The Australian dressing room rose to congratulate the brave effort of Maxwell. The brisk knock of Maxwell disturbed the momentum of Afghanistan, who had bowled so well till then. The assault of Maxwell has not stopped and he seems to be on a mission to win an improbable match for his team. The support of Pat Cummins will be key. 

Here's how the fans reacted to Maxwell's knock:

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