DUBAI, United Arab Emirates –
Mitchell Marsh and player-of-the-tournament David Warner smashed half centuries as Australia received its first cricket T20 World Cup with an eight-wicket victory over New Zealand within the closing on Sunday.
New Zealand misplaced the all-important toss and scored 172-4.
Skipper Kane Williamson, dropped on 21, led the way in which by scoring 85 off 48 balls, however his staff was pegged again by Josh Hazlewood, who completed with spectacular figures of 3-16 from 4 overs.
Marsh, who pulled quick bowler Adam Milne for a six over high quality leg off the primary ball he confronted, smashed an unbeaten 77 off 50 balls and Warner made 53 off 38 as Australia reached 173-2 in 18.5 overs. The victory additionally ensured Australia stored intact its unbeaten document in opposition to the Black Caps in a knockout recreation since 1981.
“That is large, to be the primary Australia staff to do it, so pleased with how the blokes went concerning the marketing campaign,” Australian captain Aaron Finch mentioned. “Cannot consider individuals wrote him (Warner) off a few weeks in the past, it was nearly like poking the bear, (and Mitch Marsh), what a option to begin, put stress on from the beginning.”
Marsh and Warner powered Australia’s stable run-chase with a 92-run second wicket stand, after coming collectively on 15-1, earlier than Marsh and Glenn Maxwell (28 not out) featured in one other stable half-century partnership to take Australia house.
Earlier, Hazlewood acquired the important thing wicket of in-form Daryl Mitchell (11) with a superb slower ball in a formidable three-over spell of powerplay because the Black Caps crawled to 57-1 by the midway stage of their innings.
However Williamson, dropped by Hazlewood at high quality leg, minimize free in opposition to quick bowler Mitchell Starc, who returned 0-60 — the costliest figures in a T20 World Cup closing.
Williamson smashed seven of his 10 boundaries in opposition to Starc in addition to hitting the left-arm quick bowler for one in every of his three sixes. Hazlewood returned within the 18th over and had each Glenn Phillips (18) and Williamson caught within the deep within the area of 4 balls.
Australia had efficiently chased down a 177-run goal in opposition to Pakistan within the semifinal match at Dubai, and a drier pitch made issues simpler for the likes of Marsh and Warner.
Each batters dictated the New Zealand seamers on a dry wicket regardless of Finch (5) holing out at deep mid-wicket off a brief supply from Trent Boult (2-18).
New Zealand’s hopes of Ish Sodhi placing within the center overs did not work out with each Marsh and Warner dominating the legspinner, who conceded 40 off his three overs.
Boult returned and clear bowled Warner, however had an evening to overlook when he could not maintain onto a return catch off his final ball of the spell with Australia needing simply 15 for victory off 19 balls.
New Zealand’s 172 was the identical complete which it had efficiently defended in opposition to Scotland in a bunch recreation on the identical venue earlier this month. The opposite 12 video games within the event at Dubai Worldwide Cricket Stadium had been received by groups which batted second.
And Australia shouldn’t be Scotland.
“They’re (Australia) a unbelievable facet, had a superb marketing campaign and got here out and turned it on,” mentioned Williamson, whose staff had knocked out England with a five-wicket victory within the semifinals. “Credit score to the way in which Australia chased it, they did not give us an inch. Wasn’t to be right now, however pleased with how we have operated … there are solely two potential outcomes, disgrace we could not get the job performed.”
The New Zealanders have nonetheless by no means received a title in one of many ICC’s white-ball World Cups.
In 2019, New Zealand and England met at Lord’s within the closing of the 50-over World Cup. Neither staff had ever received the trophy. The ultimate completed in an unprecedented tie, and the result could not be determined after a tiebreaker — a so-called Tremendous Over. England was awarded the title on a boundary rely.