Star Australian batter Glenn Maxwell smashed the fastest century of the ODI World Cup history as Australia registered a record victory against Netherlands by 309 runs. The right-handed batter took just 40 balls to reach a triple-figure mark. Previously, the record was held by South Africa’s Aiden Markram who took 49 balls to complete a century in a match against Sri Lanka in the ongoing edition and the same venue.
Talking about the match, Australia posted a mammoth total of 399 runs for the loss of 8 wickets against the Netherlands. After opting to bat first, Australia lost first wicket in the form Mitchell Marsh in the fourth over. After that, David Warner and Steve Smith took charge of the innings and put up 132-run partnership for the second wicket. Smith got out after scoring 71 runs off 68 balls, while Warner went on to smash his second consecutive ton in the ongoing tournament as he got out after scoring 104 runs off 93 balls. He also added 84 runs with Marnus Labuschagne who scored 62 off 47 balls.
After Warner’s wicket, it was Glenn Maxwell who stole the show and took Australia to a big total with his tremendous power-hitting in the last 10 overs. After competing his century in just 40 balls, Maxwell got out after smashing 106 runs off 44 deliveries, as Australia set a target of 400 runs for the Netherlands.
Chasing the winning total, the Netherlands were no where in the game as they went on to lose wickets at regular intervals and were bowled out for just 90 runs in 21 overs. Australia registered the biggest win in the ODI World Cup history. The five-time champions registered their third consecutive win of the tournament after the losing the first two games and currently stand in the fourth position at the points table.