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From Conway's superb 152* to Maxwell's jaw-dropping 201*: Top 5 batting performances in CWC 2023

CWC 2023: Top 5 batting performances from the league phase. Five batting performances that proved vital and helped team win difficult contest.

CWC 2023, Afghanistan vs Australia_ Glenn Maxwell scored 201 runs against Afghanistan  _ Walking Wicket (Images_ ©X_Twitter)
Maxwell scored 201 off 128 against Afghanistan (Images: ©X/Twitter)

The completion of the ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2023 league stage marks a pivotal juncture in the tournament, with four teams emerging from the initial ten contenders. The league phase, characterized by intense matches and riveting drama, has been a spectacle of outstanding performances, especially in the realm of batting. Let's delve into a comprehensive analysis of the top five batting displays that illuminated the CWC 2023 league phase.

Glenn Maxwell's unforgettable 201 against Afghanistan

Australia's mercurial all-rounder, Glenn Maxwell, etched his name in the annals of cricket history with an extraordinary innings of 201 against Afghanistan on November 7, 2023. This remarkable performance has been heralded as one of the greatest knocks in World Cup history. Maxwell's heroics were showcased under challenging circumstances, rescuing Australia from a precarious 91/7 situation. His outstanding century later converted into a double, came amid severe cramps, adding to the spectacle. The win not only confirmed Australia's spot in the semifinals but underscored Maxwell's ability to single-handedly guide his team to victory.

CWC 2023, England vs South Africa_ Heinrich Klaasen scored hundred (109 runs) against England in Mumbai _ Walking Wicket (Photo_ ©Twitter)
Klaasen scored hundred (109 runs) against England in Mumbai (Photo: ©X/Twitter)
Heinrich Klassen's gritty 109 despite cramps

South Africa's wicketkeeper-batsman, Heinrich Klassen, known for his aggressive six-hitting, demonstrated his batting prowess with a sensational 109 against England. Despite battling cramps, Klassen's blazing century played a pivotal role in South Africa's colossal 229-run victory, leaving defending champions England in the wake of a record-breaking loss in ODIs. Klassen's innings, marked by powerful shots and resilience in adverse conditions, propelled South Africa to redemption after a surprising defeat by the Netherlands.

ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023, ENG vs NZ_ Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra added 283-run for 2nd wicket; NZ beat ENG_ Walking Wicket (Photo_ ©blackcaps_twitter)
Conway scored 152 against England in WC opener (Photo: ©blackcaps/twitter)
Devon Conway's masterful 152 against England

New Zealand's opener, Devon Conway, stamped his authority with a superb unbeaten 152 against England. This standout performance occurred as the Blackcaps chased down a challenging total of 283 in just 36.2 overs, making a resounding statement at the onset of their World Cup campaign. Conway's fifth ODI century, coupled with a record 255-run partnership with Rachin Ravindra, showcased his versatility and ability to dominate against the defending champions. The innings was a brilliant display of skill and composure, setting the tone for New Zealand's formidable presence in the tournament.

CWC 2023, India vs South Africa_ Virat Kohli scored 49th ODI hundred; India beat South Africa _ Walking Wicket (Photo_ ©BCCI_Twitter)
Kohli's 49th ODI hundred came at Eden Gardens (Photo: ©BCCI/Twitter)
Virat Kohli's record-equalling 101 against South Africa

India's cricketing maestro, Virat Kohli, played a classic and record-equalling innings of 101 not out against South Africa. This masterful display unfolded on a challenging pitch where an in-form South African batting unit crumbled for 83. Kohli's century not only anchored India to a target of 327 but also equalled Sachin Tendulkar's world record of 49 ODI centuries. The innings underscored Kohli's significance as an anchor on tricky pitches, contributing to India's dominance in the tournament.

CWC 2023, New Zealand vs Pakistan_ Fakhar Zaman scored unbeaten 126 in rain affected game against New Zealand _ Walking Wicket (Images_ ©TherealPCB_Twitter)
Fakhar scored 126 in rain affected game against NZ (Images: ©TherealPCB/Twitter)
Fakhar Zaman's Furious 126 Against New Zealand

Fakhar Zaman's explosive knock of 126 off 81 balls against New Zealand emerged as one of the standout performances of the World Cup. In a game where New Zealand posted 401, their highest CWC score, Zaman's aggressive approach and fastest century for Pakistan in ODI World Cups kept Pakistan in the hunt during a steep run-chase. Despite a challenging start, Zaman's power-hitting, especially against bowlers like Boult and Ish Sodhi, propelled Pakistan to a comfortable win in a must-win game.

These extraordinary batting displays defined the league phase of the CWC 2023, adding layers of excitement and anticipation as the tournament progresses to the semifinals. Cricket enthusiasts worldwide eagerly await more thrilling performances and memorable moments in the knockout stages.


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