New Zealand vs Australia, T20 World Cup Final Highlights: Australia lifted their maiden T20 World Cup trophy with a commanding eight-wicket win over New Zealand in the title clash which was rendered one-sided by Mitchell Marsh with his blistering 77-run knock, on Sunday. Skipper Kane Williamson top-scored for the Black Caps with his 85-run knock while opener Martin Guptill contributed 28 runs after Australia inserted them in to take first strike.
Pacer Josh Hazlewood (3/16) took three out of four wickets while leg-spinner Adam Zampa (1/26) accounted for one Australian batsman. Opener David Warner’s 38-ball 53 and Marsh’s 50-ball unbeaten 77 meant that Australia overhauled the target with consummate ease in 18.5 overs.
New Zealand: 172/4 in 20 overs. (K Williamson 85, J Hazlewood 3/16, A Zampa 1/26).
Australia: 173/2 in 18.5 overs. (M Marsh 77 not out, D Warner 53; T Boult 2/18).
Mithchell Marsh had both the pedigree and performance to be a match-winner. Being the son of Geoff Marsh and baby brother of Shaun had its pitfalls, but also perks. He got a longer rope. You thought twice before dropping Marsh. Having led Australia to the under-19 World Cup title in 2010, he had proved that the apple hadn’t tumbled away too far from the tree. As expected he graduated to the senior team in 2011. That’s when his growth stopped. Injuries did play a role but Mitchell couldn’t cement his place in the side. The old joke about him being the “third best” batsman in his family was repeated so often that it lost its sting. For more than a decade, the Aussies waited for him to turn into at least Shaun, if not Geoff. Just last month he turned 30. How can a one-time prodigy be a late-bloomer? Time was running out. Mitchell saved his best for a game that Australia was desperate to win. The once mighty cricket nation showed they weren’t slipping, they could excel at the game’s most famous format too. And for that they needed to thank Marsh III. After his game-changing hand, the glee on his face and the genuine joy of those around him showed how important the inning was for him and for Australia. Always the team man, Mithchell till very recently was once more famous for being the team’s vlogger. He would move around with his camera in the dressing room speaking to the star performers. At Dubai on Sunday, there was a queue to interview the man of the moment.
Amidst the sea of fielders dressed in black a few ‘pitch-invaders’ in yellow made their way onto the turf before the ball could get to the ropes. If this was a Harry Potter flick, this would be when Albus Dumbledore waved his hand, or wand, and the scarlet decorations portraying West Indies’ domination would be replaced by the yellow banners of the new T20 World Champions, Australia. Then again, at the venue in Dubai, the decorators need not search for the required colours. It’ll already be there since just a short while ago the Chennai Super Kings – the yellow-wearing victors of the IPL – had stormed the ground to win the title.
Justin Langer: “Everyone that wins a World Cup says it’s hard to process, it’s hard to put in words, but this is such a group of people. Every coach and every captain says the same but we have got some amazing cricketers here. We haven’t had a chance to play together for different reasons for the last 12 months. When we all got back together, it was almost like a reunion. There are so many close relationships there, a very special moment for everyone. We knew when we came together how much talent we had. There’s enormous talent in the team. When we were in WI and Bangladesh, there was a few missing pieces, Mitch Marsh took one of those pieces and he’s been brilliant. We also embraced fun. In these situations, when everyone’s talking about bubble, these guys have had so much fun on and off the ground. In this form of game, you actually it’s important to have fun and enjoy, the guys have done that. I think that was a really important part of the success here. Zamps puts a smile on my face everytime because he’s a little bit different and he’s a little bit hippie but he’s so competitive, he’s been so good in this form of the game. We see leg-spinners having an impact around the world and he’s doing that for Australia. Josh Hazlewood – he didn;t play the last one-day WC because he had some back issues. He’s been sublime here, it’s been a great team effort.”
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Steven Smith: “It means a lot. We have worked hard for a long time and it is honour to be here with the boys and take the trophy home. Warner’s last two weeks have been amazing. A lot of people were writing him off. He came in with exceptional intent and took the game away at the start.”
Mitchell Starc: “It’s not been an ideal lead up. But this is the closest the guys were and it has shown in the way we played our cricket. Different guys in different games and the closeness with the guys has taken us through. Zampa has been the best bowler by far in white ball over the last two years. We know how to bowl around him. The bowling group just know our roles a lot clearer.”
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 players, has been for a long time, it was a classical Kane innings. He scored all around, and hurt us when we bowled poorly.”
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.”
World Champions eh. Sweet. ????
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Australia lift maiden T20 World Cup, beat New Zealand by eight wickets! Marsh and Maxwell lead their team to glory as both hit two fours in Southee’s final over. Warner (53*) and Marsh (77*) did enough earlier. AUS: 173/2 (18.5 overs)
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Marsh’s (69*) fifth boundary of the innings sets the equation on 14 runs needed from 18 balls. AUS: 159/2 (17 overs)
After hitting Milne for two four, Maxwell (21*) maintains his momentum against Southee! He takes on the pacer and hits a fine-leg boundary. He follows it up with a pull over backward square. The equation: 24 off 24. AUS: 149/2 (16 overs)
Remember the Casio calculator – MG880 was it? – from the 1980s. It used to have a silly little game on it. Looking back they had the graphics much better than the all-new latest fad from the broadcasters of the T20 world cup. The graphic of batsmen running between the wickets while the camera follows the fielder is occasionally shown on the left-hand side of the screen in a sidebar. It’s so retro – not necessarily nice romantic retro but Boomer tech. It looks artificial and low-tech.
Marsh hits a 31-ball fifty, the fastest in a men’s T20 World Cup final! He takes on Sodhi and clobbers one over long-on for his fourth six of the innings! Marsh (59*) then doubles the pain for Kiwis with a boundary. AUS: 125/2 (14 overs)
A big, big wicket for New Zealand! Boult delivers the goods one again as he cleans up Warner on 53! The opener goes for the slog, misses the ball and the pacer has got it crashing into the stumps. On comes Maxwell. AUS: 109/2 (13 overs)
This game is slipping away from New Zealand. They need to turn back to one of their frontline quicks now before it’s too late. Holding them back for the death makes little sense if they contest is already lost by then. AUS: 106/1 (12 overs)
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Warner goes berserk against Sodhi! With the helmet off, the opener swats one down to long-on for four and continues his attack with a four and a six. Warner moves to 42* off 31. 17 runs off a momentum-changing over! AUS: 77/1 (9 overs)
Marsh gets on his knee and launches one over deep square leg for his second six of the innings. AUS: 60/1 (8 overs)
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Warner (19*) and Marsh (17*) make it to the end of the powerplay after settling in against the pace of New Zealand. Warner takes on Southee and hits a slower one for a six. Next, three runs from Milne’s over. AUS: 43/1 (6 overs)
Aaron Finch won’t be complaining about the three-metre rule in DRS situations that saved him from a lbw decision. He didn’t last long, holing out to the deep, but let’s return to that lbw appeal. Already standing outside the crease, he skipped further down but missed the nip-backer from Trent Boult and was struck on the pad. The umpire denied the appeal and New Zealand didn’t go for the DRS as it was clear that the point of impact was over 3 metres.
In 2018, Finch was on the other side of the 3m rule and found it very strange and had wanted a rule change. “About the three metres … pitching in line, hitting in line, hitting the stumps – to me that’s strange. Where 3m is down the wicket, if it’s still hitting the stumps and hitting in line can we tinker the rule. I know it’s sounding sour at the moment because we’ve been on the receiving end, but it’s certainly not. We understand where the rule’s at now. but maybe if it’s hitting in line and if all three (pitching point, impact with pad, impact with stumps) are still red, maybe there’s a chance to overturn it.” This time, he was saved because of that same rule. But it didn’t last long as Boult saw him advancing down the track and fired in a short one to take him out.
Australia squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade (wk), David Warner, Adam Zampa
New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Adam Milne, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.