T20: The Aussies Take The Cup Home!

Marsh, Warner muscle Australia to T20 World Cup glory.

Australia 173/2

New Zealand 172/4

As a result of the challenging, two-paced fields used in this competition, it boasts the lowest scoring rate of any T20 World Cup. The final, on the other hand, was as near to pure T20 as anything we’ve seen in the UAE in recent weeks. The quickest fifty in a T20 World Cup final was set, then quickly broken, and if Kane Williamson was on the losing side and Mitchell Marsh was among the victors, the difference was in what transpired around them.

Australia triumphed by eight wickets, with seven balls to spare, and became T20 global champions for the first time.

When the competition began, Australia wasn’t considered one of the favourites, but take another look at that lineup. You can’t have Warner, Finch, Marsh, Maxwell, and Stoinis as hitters and not be a serious T20 squad for very long. The bowlers contributed, too, particularly Hazlewood, but this was essentially a victory of T20’s most important skill: boundary hitting.

On the day, Australia was far stronger than New Zealand at this skill, but it undoubtedly helped that they won the final toss of a competition strongly impacted by tosses.

New Zealand batted slowly during the opening 10 overs of their innings – and not only in comparison to the last 10. They had only lost one wicket at the midway stage, but just 57 runs on the board. New Zealand went 32 balls without a boundary between the fourth over, when Guptill smashed Hazlewood in front of point, and the ninth over, when Williamson stepped out and smacked Marsh through the covers. There was some tight bowling throughout this time, notably from Hazlewood and Zampa but there were also some quiet overs where New Zealand didn’t appear to attempt.

To end it, fireworks flare across the Dubai night sky, attempting to replicate Australia’s spectacle as they romped in a blaze, making a joke of what appeared to be a very competitive 172. The festivities demonstrate how important it is to them. They’ve been searching for a prize that has escaped them until now. If not the toss, the tournament defied all expectations. However, Kane Williamson was the first to say that they were outplayed by a fantastic squad today. New Zealand has had a fantastic season and is a side that is improving in all forms. The silverware is sent to Australia, where it will be added to their collection. As Finch holds the trophy, there is champagne, fireworks, confetti, and jubilation.