History is made; Australia has won their first T20 World Cup after defeating New Zealand in the finals. New Zealand remained beaten for the fifth time in a row by Australia in the knockout games. The T20 World Cup Finalists, Australia and New Zealand played the match in Dubai International Cricket Stadium; the pitch was suitable for the batsmen. We saw a run-fest with the highest score in the T20 World Cup final.
Toss was the crucial factor in this match as Australia opted to field first after winning the toss. Besides, Australia played the same XI, whereas New Zealand had a forced change; they brought in Tim Siefert. Due to the injury of Devon Conway, Tim Seifert was named as his replacement for the Final.
KANE “DEPENDABLE” WILLIAMSON Vs AUSTRALIA
Australia got off to a flier with Josh Hazlewood drawing the first blood of the New Zealand batting line-up; Hazlewood picked up the wicket of New Zealand’s semi-final hero, Daryll Mitchell, who got out cheaply. Subsequent that, all the responsibility got on the shoulders of Martin Guptill and Kiwi Captain Kane Williamson. Furthermore, They both knitted a partnership of 48 runs before Martin Guptill got out to up the run rate. Kane Williamson took the baton from Guptill, and he scored boundaries after getting set; he played dynamic innings of 85 runs in 48 balls with ten fours and three sixes. Phillips supported Kane, and both of them took New Zealand to a score of 172-4 with some finishing touches from James Neesham.
Unfortunately, Mitchell Starc was very expensive and conceded more than 55 runs in his bowling. His partners, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood covered up for him with very economical bowling figures.
AUSTRALIA’S WARNER AND MITCH “HARD HITTING” MARSH STEAL THE GAME AWAY.
In the Australian innings, Mitchell Marsh was the standout performer with David Warner, coming in his old form again. Marsh smashed an unbeaten 77 runs off 50 balls, and Warner gave them the perfect start and scored a fifty to provide the team with an edge, even after losing the captain cheaply in the beginning. Warner and Marsh stitched up a partnership of 92 runs which gave the team a base and a ray of hope to win their first T20 World Cup. With Trent Boult striking and getting David Warner out, it was all left for Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell to finish things off.
Mitchell Marsh finished the game with a reverse sweep, and Australia won the 6th ICC Trophy after being crowned five times ODI champions.
AUSTRALIA BECAME THE 6TH NATION TO LIFT THE T20 WORLD CUP TROPHY
The T20 World Cup champions!
2012: West Indies
2014: Sri Lanka
2016: West Indies
STATS THAT MATTER :
173 – Target chased down by Australia is the second-highest successful chase in a men’s T20I final. Pakistan’s 184-run chase against Australia in the 2018 tri-series final in Harare remains the highest. Before the Australia-New Zealand final, only one team crossed the 160-run mark in the men’s T20 World Cup finals – 161 for 6 by West Indies in 2016 against England while chasing 156 to win.
31 – Number of balls Mitchell Marsh needed for his fifty, the fastest in a men’s T20 World Cup final, pushing Kane Williamson’s fifty off 32 balls during New Zealand’s innings to second. The fastest fifty in the finals of the previous six editions came off 33 balls by Kumar Sangakkara in 2014 and Joe Root in 2016.
85 – Williamson’s score against Australia. No player has scored more than him in a men’s T20 World Cup final. Marlon Samuels also had an unbeaten 85 during West Indies’ successful chase against England in 2016.
FINAL MATCH STATS :
39 – Runs scored by Williamson off Mitchell Starc, the most by a batter off Starc in any T20 game. The previous most was 32 runs off 11 balls by Virat Kohli in a 2011 Champions League T20 game. Williamson struck seven fours and a six off Starc in the 12 balls he faced. No bowler has hit more boundaries off a bowler in a men’s T20 World Cup game.
289 – David Warner’s run-tally in this tournament, which is the most for Australia in an edition of men’s T20 World Cup. Warner surpassed Matthew Hayden’s 265 runs during the inaugural 2007 edition. Kevin Pietersen (England, 2010) and Warner (Australia, 2021) are the only players to win the Player-of-the-Tournament award at the men’s T20 World Cup from a title-winning side.
627 – Runs scored by Marsh in T20Is in 2021, the third-most by any player behind Mohammad Rizwan (1033) and Babar Azam (826). Marsh’s total runs this year are also the highest in men’s T20Is in a calendar year for Australia.
60 – Runs conceded by Starc in his four overs, the second-most by a bowler in a men’s T20I for Australia. Andrew Tye ended up conceding 64 runs against New Zealand in 2018. Starc is one of the five bowlers to concede 60 or more runs in a men’s T20 World Cup match but the first to do so in a final.