As the World Cup 2023 rolled into its third week, cricket fans were treated to some scintillating batting performances that left a lasting impact on the tournament. From thrilling run chases to record-breaking centuries, Week 3 of the World Cup was packed with memorable moments. Let’s dive into the top batting displays that stole the show.
Glenn Maxwell vs Netherlands
Week 3 of the World Cup witnessed the fastest-ever century in ODI World Cup history, courtesy of Glenn Maxwell. Coming in with just 39 overs to go, Maxwell played an innings for the ages. His 106 off 44 balls, which included nine boundaries and eight sixes, left spectators in awe. Maxwell’s unorthodox stroke play and audacious shot selection were a sight to behold. Australia’s staggering total of 399/8 and their subsequent 309-run victory were largely attributed to Maxwell’s remarkable innings.
Quinton de Kock vs Bangladesh
Quinton de Kock has been the leading run-scorer in the tournament, and his monumental 174 off 140 balls against Bangladesh in Mumbai was a testament to his class. De Kock’s innings featured a spectacular 131-run partnership with Aiden Markram, followed by an explosive finish where he plundered 57 runs in 24 balls. His ability to take on the opposition’s premier bowlers left fans in awe, and his near-double century was a true spectacle.
Virat Kohli vs New Zealand
Virat Kohli once again showcased his unmatched prowess in run-chases, guiding India to victory against New Zealand. Facing a target of 274, Kohli’s masterful 95 off 104 balls kept the Men in Blue on course. His intelligent stroke play and smart running between the wickets were vital. Although he fell just short of a century, Kohli’s contribution secured India’s first World Cup win against New Zealand in two decades.
David Warner vs Pakistan
David Warner continued his sensational form in the World Cup, lighting up Bengaluru with a breathtaking 163 against Pakistan. Warner, along with Mitchell Marsh, established a colossal 259-run opening partnership, marking it as the second-highest opening stand in World Cup history. Warner’s dominance was evident as he smashed 14 boundaries and nine sixes, providing Australia with a total of 399/8. The match will be remembered for Warner’s aggressive onslaught.
Ibrahim Zadran vs Pakistan
In a historic showdown, Afghanistan finally managed to conquer Pakistan in an ODI after an 11-year wait. Facing a daunting target of 282, Afghanistan’s opening duo, Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmanullah Gurbaz, rose to the occasion. Zadran’s composed 87 off 113 balls laid the foundation for their chase. Even though he missed a well-deserved century, Afghanistan sealed the victory with an unbeaten 96-run partnership, showcasing remarkable resilience.
Week 3 of the World Cup 2023 undoubtedly belonged to the batsmen, with each of these performances etching their names in the annals of cricket history. As the tournament progresses, fans eagerly await more spectacular moments that define the spirit of the game.