Glenn Maxwell, suffering from cramps, collapses while finishing a run

Despite the apparent agony, Maxwell carried on, eventually amassing five sixes and five fours to steer Australia past Afghanistan's challenging total.

One of the most astonishing aspects of this game was the phenomenal 202-run partnership for the eighth wicket between Maxwell and his partner, Pat Cummins, who contributed a vital 12 runs from 68 balls. 

This extraordinary alliance propelled Australia to an unprecedented victory against all odds. Maxwell's superhuman effort will be etched in the annals of cricketing history, making this partnership legendary.

Afghanistan's Near Triumph

In the backdrop of Maxwell's heroics, Afghanistan displayed remarkable cricketing prowess. They had the five-time champions, Australia, on the ropes with their disciplined bowling attack. 

Naveen ul Haq and Azmatullah Omarzai's adept swing bowling shared crucial wickets, and star player Rashid Khan's contribution further added to their strength. For a considerable period, Afghanistan was on the verge of claiming victory against a formidable opponent.

Azmatullah Omarzai took two wickets in one over

Two significant turning points in the match favored Maxwell's resurgence. First, Maxwell was given a lifeline when he was dropped at short fine-leg by Mujeeb Ur Rahman after attempting a slog sweep. 

Additionally, an LBW appeal that had Maxwell walking back to the dressing room was overruled upon review, saving the Australian batsman. These instances seemed to trigger a transformation within Maxwell, inspiring him to unleash his full potential with the bat.

Before Maxwell's extraordinary innings, Afghanistan's Ibrahim Zadran showcased his talent by becoming the first Afghan batter to score a World Cup century. 

His composed innings of 129* off 143 balls laid the foundation for Afghanistan's competitive total. Rashid Khan's explosive 18-ball 35 and their combined effort in the final six overs elevated Afghanistan to their highest score in ODI World Cup history.

Rashid Khan thwacks Glenn Maxwell over deep midwicket, Afghanistan vs Australia, World Cup 2023, Mumbai, November 7, 2023

The electrifying encounter between Australia and Afghanistan at the iconic Mumbai stadium will be remembered as one of the most unforgettable matches in World Cup history. 

It showcased cricket at its most dramatic and exhilarating, with Glenn Maxwell's monumental double century stealing the spotlight and etching his name in the annals of cricketing folklore.