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Australia win first T20 World Cup title

They beat New Zealand by eight wickets

SAMAA | - Posted: Nov 14, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago
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Posted: Nov 14, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago

Mitchell Marsh smashed an unbeaten 77 as Australia hammered New Zealand by eight wickets to clinch their maiden Twenty20 World Cup title on Sunday.

Chasing 173 for victory, Australia depended on a 92-run second-wicket stand between David Warner, who made 53, and Marsh to achieve their target with seven balls to spare in Dubai.

Warner became Trent Boult’s second wicket but Marsh kept up the charge to power Australia home to their long-awaited T20 crown and add to their five 50-over World Cup trophies.

Glenn Maxwell, who made 28, joined Marsh, who hit six fours and four sixes in his 50-ball knock, to put on 66 runs and hit the winning boundary as the Aussies came charging in to celebrate the triumph.

Skipper Kane Williamson hit a valiant 85 in New Zealand’s 172-4 after being invited to bat first in a crucial toss won by Aaron Finch as teams chasing have won all but one game at the venue.

Australia, whose previous best was a runners-up finish in 2010, came into this edition’s semi-final with one loss to England and beat Pakistan in the final-four clash with a chase of 177.

Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood returned figures of 3-16 and leg-spinner Adam Zampa had 1-26.

Australia suffered an early blow in their chase when Finch departed for five off Boult as a largely neutral but not packed-to-capacity crowd roared.

But the left-right batting pair of Warner and Marsh combined to take apart the bowling with fours and sixes galore.

Marsh hit Adam Milne for one six and two fours on his first three balls of the knock to signal his ruthless intent.

Warner also kept up his punishing act as he hammered leg-spinner Ish Sodhi for 17 runs in one over with just a single to Marsh.

He smoked Jimmy Neesham for a six to raise his third half-century of the tournament but soon fell to Boult.

Warner, with 289 runs in total, ended second behind Pakistan’s Babar Azam (303) in the tournament’s batting chart.

Earlier Williamson, who was dropped on 21, started cautiously but once settled took on the opposition bowling to reach his first half-century of the tournament.

He finished with 10 fours and three sixes in his 48-ball blitz to lift New Zealand from 57-1 in 10.

The Kiwis initially struggled and lost Daryl Mitchell caught behind for 11 off Hazlewood.

Opening batsman Martin Guptill failed to get quick runs despite his three boundaries and a 48-run second-wicket stand with Williamson.

Williamson survived a spill by Hazlewood in the deep with the ball popping out of the fielder’s hand to find the boundary. Pace spearhead Mitchell Starc was the bowler.

The captain hit back with two more fours off left-arm quick Starc who was taken for 60 runs from his four overs, to get some momentum into the innings.

Zampa sent Guptill trudging back to the dugout after the opener’s 35-ball 28 but Williamson kept up the charge with two sixes off Maxwell.

Williamson again picked out Starc to smash four fours and one six in a 22-run 16th over and put on 68 with Glenn Phillips, who made 18.

Hazlewood returned in his final over to break the stand with Phillips’ wicket and then got Williamson out with a leg-cutter.


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FOUR! Thats it! Glenn Maxwell finishes the job! Australia are the World Champions!


Milne returns and gives away three in this one.

AUS 162-2 (18 Overs)


Boults returns to bowl and concedes one four.

AUS 159-2 (17 Overs)


A six and four for Maxwell takes Australia closer to their first T20 World Cup win.

AUS 149-2 (16 Overs)


Glenn Maxwell hits two fours as Milne returns to bowl.

AUS 136-2 (15 Overs)


Sodhi comes back into the attack and Marsh smashes him for a four and a six.

AUS 125-2 (14 Overs)


A successful over for New Zealand comes to an end.

AUS 110-2 (13 Overs)


OUT! Boult returns into the attack and gets Warner first ball! It crashes into the left-handers’s stumps. Big wicket!

AUS 107-2 (12.2 Overs)


Santner returns, gets hit for a four by Marsh.

AUS 106-1 (12 Overs)


Two more sixes for Australia — one by Marsh and the other by Warner, who reaches his fifty, in Jimmy Neesham’s over.

AUS 97-1 (11 Overs)


Five runs come as Santner continues his spell.

AUS 82-1 (10 Overs)


Two fours and a six by Warner sums up Sodhi’s second over.

AUS 77-1 (9 Overs)


Marsh is on a roll! The right-hander welcomes Mitchell Santner’s left-arm spin into the attack with a massive six.

AUS 60-1 (8 Overs)


Ish Sodhi comes into the attack with some leg spin.

AUS 50-1 (7 Overs)


Milne puts some brakes on the free-scoring Australians.

AUS 43-1 (6 Overs)


Warner smashes huge six against Southee.

AUS 40-1 (5 Overs)


A six and two fours for Mitchell Marsh in Adam Milne’s over.

AUS 30-1 (4 Overs)


A four, a wicket and the remaining balls all dots in Boult’s second over.

AUS 15-1 (3 Overs)


OUT! Finch is gone! Boult bowls a shorter one and the Australian captain edges it high in the air before Daryl Mitchell takes a great catch.

AUS 15-1 (2.3 Overs)


Warner hits two fours as Tim Southee’s comes into bowl from the other end.

AUS 11-0 (2 Overs)


Trent Boult bowls the first over as David Warner and Aaron Finch open for Australia.

AUS 1-0 (1 Over)


Australia need 173 runs to win.


Only one boundary comes off the last over by Starc.

NZ 172-4 (20 Overs)


Neesham is in, and he slams one straight down the ground for a flat six against Cummins!

NZ 162-4 (19 Overs)


A double-wicket over for Hazlewood comes to an end.

NZ 149-4 (18 Overs)


OUT! Hazlewood gets the big wicket! Williamson plays it into the hands of Steve Smith on long off!

NZ 148-4 (17.5 Overs)


OUT! Mitchell is gone! Hazlewood the wicket-taker!

NZ 144-3 (17.2 Overs)


Cummins bowls a cheap over against the run of play.

NZ 144-2 (17 Overs)


Williamson just destroys Starc in this one! The New Zealand captain hits four fours and a six!

NZ 136-2 (16 Overs)


Glenn Phillips hits a six and a four in Zampa’s over.

NZ 114-2 (15 Overs)


Patt Cummins puts some brakes on New Zealand’s run flow as he returns with the ball.

NZ 102-2 (14 Overs)


Maxwell comes back into the attack and gets smashed for two beautiful sixes by Williamson.

NZ 97-2 (13 Overs)


Zampa takes wicket and concedes five runs in this one.

NZ 81-2 (12 Overs)


OUT! Guptil is gone! The right-hander tries to clear deep midwicket against Zampa but is caught with ease there by Marcus Stoinis.

NZ 76-2 (11.1 Overs)


Willamson hits a flurry of great shots in Starc’s over and accelerates New Zealand’s run-rate. Three boundaries in this one.

NZ 76-1 (11 Overs)


Zampa is back and concedes run-a-ball in this over.

57-1 (10 Overs)


Kane Williamson changes gears for New Zealand in Mitchell Marsh’s first over. The right-hander smashes two boundaries.

NZ 51-1 (9 Overs)


Australia’s best bowler of the tournament, Adam Zampa comes into bowl delivers a tight over.

NZ 40-1 (8 Overs)


Maxwell returns from the other end and keeps the New Zealand batters in check.

NZ 37-1 (7 Overs)


Only two more runs come for New Zealand in this over by Hazlewood. The Kiwis captain Kane Williamson is now on the crease.

NZ 32-1 (6 Overs)


Pat Cummins comes in and bowls a very good over.

NZ 30-1 (5 Overs)


Guptill continues with the pattern of scoring a boundary in each over, but in the form of Mitchell. New Zealand have been dealt their first blow. Successful over for Hazlewood.

NZ 28-1 (4 Overs)


OUT! Hazlewood gets first blood for New Zealand! He deceives Mitchell with a slower one and the right-hander edges it behind for Matthew Wade to take a nice catch.

NZ 28-1 (3.5 Overs)


Time for some spin as Glenn Maxwell comes into the attack and gets hit by Daryl Mitchell for a big six over long on.

NZ 23-0 (3 Overs)


Josh Hazlewood comes in from the other end and Guptill, once again hits a boundary, this time a pull towards fine leg.

NZ 13-0 (2 Overs)


Mitchell Starc opens with the ball for Australia and is hit for a four through the offside by New Zealand opener Martin Guptill.

NZ 9-0 (1 Over)


Toss

Australia have won the toss and decided to field first.


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  1. Dr.Cajetan Coelho  November 18, 2021 5:24 pm/ Reply

    Congratulations to winners Cricket Australia. Well played.

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