Glenn Maxwell has continued his devastating form at the cricket World Cup having hit the longest six of the tournament in Australia's record-breaking victory over New Zealand on Saturday. In hard to believe scenes, David Warner and the returning Travis Head blasted the New Zealand bowling attack to all sections of the ground.
Australia appeared in the box seat after a 175-run opening stand from newly-fit Travis Head and in-form David Warner propelled them to a formidable total of 388 in Dharamshala. And Maxwell's cameo had the cricket world flabbergasted at the power-hitting display.
One such six saw Maxwell hit the ball on top of the red roof at Dharamshala in a shot that went 106 metres. Maxwell's shot was only the second six to travel more than 100 metres in the tournament and his 41 off just 24 balls. Head's 109 off 67 balls also left fans in a trance as the Aussies posted a formidable total.
Fans were also stunned after 771 runs were scored across the match with New Zealand coming just six runs short of winning the match. Head, in hist World Cup debut, scored the joint-fastest 50 at this year's World Cup in just 25 balls, alongside Kusal Mendis.
Remarkable that Travis Head hasn’t played a match for nearly Six Weeks because of injury, and walks into the World Cup and gets a century off 59 deliveries.
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) October 28, 2023
Glenn Maxwell hits a six on the Dharamshala roof. pic.twitter.com/GpB6o0PPkb
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) October 28, 2023
Maxwell storm 😲😲😲
— Saumya Tripathi (@SanskariSaumyat) October 28, 2023
He is a real BEAST
— CricXtra (@CricXtra_) October 28, 2023
Australia - 388/10(49.2)
New Zealand - 383/9(50)
771 runs scored in the match - highest ever in a World Cup game in the 48 year old history. pic.twitter.com/oUCfvvdi48
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 28, 2023
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) October 28, 2023
Maxwell is a different gravy 😂
— Ross (@Weather40297744) October 28, 2023
Australia hold on against New Zealand in nervy World Cup win
Only called in to replace the injured Mark Chapman, Neesham was tasked with scoring 19 from the last over to seal a famous win and once again put Australia's knockout hopes in doubt. Mitchell Starc bowled a wide from his second delivery, which slipped past wicketkeeper Josh Inglis for four byes and reduced the target from 18 runs off five balls to only 13 from as many.
But the Australians put their bodies on the line with fine fielding in the final over and the Kiwis were unable to find the boundary. After hitting Starc's penultimate delivery to deep mid-wicket, Neesham was made to pay as he attempted to scramble back for a second run, run out by Inglis at the striker's end.
Paceman Lockie Ferguson could not hit the six required off the final ball and the Australians were home. "It was very close in the end, a hell of a game," said Head, named player of the match.
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