Sunday, December 5, 2021

Australia win maiden T20 World Cup, defeat New Zealand by 8 wickets

Australia won their maiden T20 World Cup title as they defeated New Zealand in the final by 8 wickets. Chasing a target of 173, Australia won the game with 7 balls to spare, thanks to half-centuries from Mitchell Marsh and David Warner.

Earlier, Kane Williamson smashed a brilliant 48-ball 85 as New Zealand managed to reach a total of 172/4 from their quota of 20 overs. For Australia, Josh Hazlewood was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 16 while Adam Zampa returned figures of 1/26.

Initially, Australia won the toss and skipper Aaron Finch elected to bowl against New Zealand in the T20 World Cup final at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.

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Both teams finished second in their groups behind table-toppers England and Pakistan. New Zealand edged England in the first semi-final at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi before Australia defeated an in-form Pakistan team in the second semi-final in Dubai.

Meanwhile, Marsh also scripted history in the summit clash as he hit the fastest fifty in the men’s T20 World Cup final’s history. Marsh completed his fifty in just 31 balls as he surpassed Kane Williamson who also achieved the feat in the same clash, by hitting it on 32 balls in the first innings.

The Marsh-Warner duo shared a crucial 92-run stand for the second wicket to put Australia ahead in the chase after skipper Aaron Finch’s early departure on just 5.

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Marsh took Australia to win line alongside Glenn Maxwell who also made a valuable contribution with his 28-run* knock. Maxwell with his outrageous switch-hit wrote an important chapter in Australian cricket history.

Earlier, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson came up big in the final with a crucial 85-run knock to power New Zealand to a challenging total of 172/4. Williamson finished with 10 fours and three sixes in his 48-ball blitz to lift New Zealand from 57-1 in 10 overs after being invited to bat first.

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