Finally, a new champion in the Men’s T20 World Cup, a difficult customer throughout the tournament. It’s Team Australia who defeated New Zealand by eight wickets with seven balls remaining to uphold their first maiden T20 World Cup trophy.
This has been a final of all T20 World Cup finals, a taste of T20 flavor, and as a consequence, the fastest half-century of the T20 World Cup final was made and, in no time, broken.
Kane Willamson, with his blistering 85-run knock, top scorer for the black caps helped New Zealand to manage a total of 172/4 in their 20 overs quota. For Australia, Josh Hazelwood was the highest wicket-taker with 3 for 16.
According to the Sport News BD team, the final between the trans-Tasman rivals brought back the memories of the final of the 2015 ODI World Cup. However, this score couldn’t stop the Aussies from lifting their final trophy.
Unbeaten 77 off 50 from Mitchell Marsh and David Warner’s 53, the Aussies chased down this score easily with seven balls to spare while many of the Australians criticized both the batsmen to be dropped out of the team because of their performances. Now you can thank them.
Australia dominated the first ten overs in both batting and bowling. New Zealand made 57 for 1 in the first ten overs while Australia managed 82 runs for 1.
The man of the match, Mitchell Marsh came to the crease while the skipper, Finch left the crease only scoring 5 runs off 7 balls. Marsh, using the pace of Adam Milne, hit three consecutive boundaries for 6, 4, 4, showing how well he was seeing the ball.
This Aussie batsman was in terrific form playing on a flat pitch, not like the way he played against Bangladesh in Bangladesh.
The post-match reactions!
Josh Hazlewood: “There’s always pressure, the batters come at you and we kept the powerplay to 40ish, so a good effort there. I got away towards the end. Exceptional chase from our guys. Kane is a superb player, has been for a long time, it was a classical Kane innings. He scored all around, and hurt us when we bowled poorly.”
Aaron Finch: This is huge. To be the first Australian team to be able to do it. So proud. We knew our backs were against the wall. We had some great individual performances, some great team performances. Can’t believe people wrote him off saying he was done (Warner). That’s when he plays his best cricket. Was almost like poking the bear. The player of the tournament for me (Zampa). Mitch Marsh – what a way to start his innings today. Wade came into this game with an injury cloud but got a job done. Stoinis did the business.
Pat Cummins: “Pretty pumped. Once we go back home it will sink in. A lot of support back home, they’ve gotten up at 1am. It’s a good thing to play some IPL here. Even Hazlewood was able to adapt quickly because of that.”