Australia wins maiden T20 World Cup 2021: Australia beat New Zealand by 8 wickets in finals at Dubai
Warner, Marsh heroics foil New Zealand’s bid for ICC double
Mitchell Marsh put behind those years of heartbreaks to hit the fastest fifty in a men’s T20 World Cup final and power Australia to their maiden title in the shortest format of the game. Kane Williamson’s stunning 85 went in vain as New Zealand stumbled against their familiar foes once again.
Australia end their 14-year wait for T20 World Cup trophy: Mitchell Marsh hit an unbeaten 70 to help Australia beat New Zealand in the final: Kane Williamson’s 85 went in vain as New Zealand fell short of an ICC trophy double
David Warner, Mitchell Marsh and Josh Hazlewood emerged as heroes on the big night in Dubai as Australia ended their 14-year-long wait for a maiden T20 World Cup trophy. Australia made light work of a 173-run target as Kane Williamson’s stunning 85 went in vain for New Zealand in the final of T20 World Cup 2021 on Sunday.
Australia had every major limited-overs trophy in their decorated cabinet (5 50-over World Cups and 2 ICC Champions Trophy crowns) but they had to wait long for glory in the shortest format of the game. While they slipped in the final hurdle in 2010, Australia never came close to winning a trophy until the 2021 edition.
Interestingly, for the first time in the history of major ICC tournaments, Australia did not begin as favorites as they had a horror run in T20is in the lead up to the big showpiece event, losing series in Bangladesh and West Indies. Their star opener David Warner was having a tumultuous time, having been dropped from the Sunrisers Hyderabad side in IPL 2021. However, the stars aligned for Australia as the group, overseen by under-fire coach Justin Langer, peaked at the right time to emerge victorious and prove a point to the cricket fraternity
New Zealand missed out on an opportunity to complete a World Test Championship and T20 World Cup double as Kane Williamson’s men were outclassed on the big night by their familiar foes. New Zealand’s inability to beat their Trans-Tasman rivals in major tournaments continues.
Australia set a new record for the highest-successful run chase as they gunned down 173 with 7 balls to spare, thanks to a scintillating 77 not out from 50 balls from Mitchell Marsh and a 38-ball 53 from David Warner. Josh Hazlewood shone with figures of 3/16 even as he dropped Kane Williamson on 21 before the New Zealand captain hit a 48-ball 85 in the first innings after New Zealand were asked to bat first in the big final.
Marsh makes a mark in the big final
The toss once again proved decisive in Dubai as New Zealand bowlers found nothing from the pitch during their defense of 172. Nonetheless, Warner and Marsh gave nothing to the Black Caps bowlers, taking their lead spinner Ish Sodhi to the cleaners in the middle overs. Sodhi and Mitchell Santner gave away 63 runs in 6 overs in the middle as Warner and Marsh were severe against the two spinners.
Trent Boult was the only solace for New Zealand as he picked up Aaron Finch in the powerplay and returned to break a 92-run stand for the 2nd wicket by removing Warner for 53.
Marsh kept going as he looked determined to get the job done on the big night. The Australian all-rounder, who had been struggling with injuries, showcased his potential in the final, putting all those years of heartbreak behind him.
Earlier in the day, New Zealand rode on a stunning 85 from Kane Williamson to post 115 runs in the last 10 overs. They posted the lowest-ever powerplay total of the tournament — 32 for 1 and huffed and puffed to 57/1 in 10 overs. However, Williamson switched gears after he was dropped on 21 by Hazlewood and put on a masterclass of “clever shot-making”.
Williamson would have hoped to finish on the right side of the result but it was not meant to be as the big boys of world cricket, Australia showed once again why can never be written off when it comes to a major tournament.
On the flip side, New Zealand showcased discipline and proved time and again that they had the tools to go past the finish line this year but it was not meant to be.
“Wasn’t to be today, but proud of how we’ve operated. Guys committed to what we tried to do in venues that varied a lot. There was a lot of heart shown, always nice to get to the big dance. But credit to Australia again. Some high hopes coming in, some good cricket played, so we’re feeling it a bit. There are only two possible outcomes, shame we couldn’t get the job done,” Williamson summed it up in his inimitable, gracious manner