by: Atika Mehboob TN Sport Pakistan:
In what turned out to be a spectacular showcase of cricket, David Warner laid the foundation with a resolute 104, setting up the stage for Glenn Maxwell’s explosive 106 from just 44 balls. Australia posted an imposing total of 399 for 8. Netherlands, under the weight of this massive score, crumbled to a 309-run loss, marking the largest defeat margin in men’s ODI World Cup history.
Remarkably, Maxwell surpassed Aiden Markram’s recent record of the fastest World Cup century by reaching the milestone in just 40 balls. His fierce attack, most memorably against Dutch bowler Bas de Leede, led to De Leede conceding a whopping 115 runs, now the most expensive figures in men’s ODIs.
David Warner’s brilliance was supported by substantial partnerships with Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. Despite some on-field miscommunications and near-dismissals, Warner achieved his 22nd ODI century.
Maxwell began his innings late in the game but quickly signaled his intent with consecutive boundaries. His aggressive play played a part in a run-out mishap with Cameron Green, but that didn’t dampen his pace. Maxwell’s innings, adorned with reverse sweeps and huge sixes, seemed unstoppable.
Adam Zampa continued his outstanding form, registering his third consecutive four-wicket haul. The Dutch batting lineup couldn’t stand up to Australia’s bowling might. Early wickets, with players like O’Dowd and Ackermann falling in quick succession, had the Netherlands at 62 for 5 by the first drinks break.
The slide continued post the break. Zampa’s guile led to a swift batting collapse, and the Netherlands found themselves all out for 90. Despite the setback, Netherlands’ captain Scott Edwards will hope this defeat won’t overshadow their campaign, even though it lands them on a dubious side of World Cup records.