T20 World Cup 2021 Final, AUS vs NZ: Marsh, Warner muscle Australia to maiden T20 World Cup Title win


Marsh, Warner muscle Australia to maiden T20 World Cup Title win

T20 World Cup 2021 Final, AUS vs NZ: Australia snatched a glorious win from the jaws of New Zealand in the summit clash of the T20 World Cup 2021 to add the maiden T20 title into their kitty. Australia resulted in a turnaround that was nothing less than extraordinary.

Marching into the World Cup, the Aussies squad faced many hiccups such as losing their last five T20Is & were looking far away from being the favorites to clinch the prestigious World Cup considering their poor performances. But the ‘men in Yellow’ defeated all the odds to qualify the group stage fixtures & knockout stage of the marquee event & made their way straight to the finals. Today there was no stopping for the Aussie Squad as David Warner, Mitchell Marsh and Josh Hazlewood displayed stellar performances to crush the World Champions in the summit clash of the T20 World Cup 2021. Australia’s chase of 172 runs was not an easy task in front of the world-class bowling attack of the Balck Caps. But the Aussies squad didn’t give up & riding on the back of Mitchell Marsh’s scintillating 77* & Warner’s 53 they outclassed the sharp kiwi’s squad to clinch their first gleaming T20 World Cup title.

Australia adopted an ‘aggressive batting approach’ in their target chase

Australia was ruthless & aggressive in its target chase right from the beginning. Aussies squad carefully planned their innings & executed their plans exceptionally. However, Aaron Finch fell prey to Trent Boult’s delivery while trying to reverse the pressure on Trent Boult & got caught in the deep. Then came Mitchell Marsh who smashed the first ball he faced for a six & then followed it up with bach to back fours against Adam Milne.

David Warner at the other end was in his career-best form as he got better of TRim Southee by smashing him for a couple of boundaries & hitting a six off his delivery. Warner’s onslaught continued in front of Ish Sodhi’s bowling as well who was punished for 17 runs in his second over. By the middle overs, Australia had reached 82 runs.

‘Men in Yellow’ continued the onslaught till the end

The power-hitting & smashing of runs never stopped coming from Australia. Jimmy Neesham was smashed for a big six right in his first over by Warner & Marsh. Warner got off to his half-century in 34 balls while Marsh took just 31 runs to get to the half-century landmark. Considering the poor show by the Balck Caps top bowlers, Williamson was compelled to bring his best bowler on crease i.e. Trent Boult. And boult kept up with Williamson’s expectations by removing Warner in the 13th over.

But Australia’s aggressive approach was unstoppable as Glenn Maxwell came on the crease. He too brought up 18 balls 28 runs to stitch an unbeaten 66 run stand with Marsh. Maxwell’s contribution accelerated Australia’s chase taking the ‘Men in yellow’ over the winning line without any difficulty.  It was Maxwell who hit winning runs for Australia & guided them to their maiden T20 Glory.

The Black Caps got off to a cautious start in front of Aussie’s lethal bowling attack

In the first ten overs of the innings, New Zealand got off to a steady start with Daryl Mitchell & Martin Guptill on teh crease. The flow of runs was at 6 runs per over until Josh Hazlewood got the better of New Zealand’s semi-final’s super-hero Daryl Micthell by sending him back to the pavilion on 23 runs in the 4th over of their innings. Micthell was dismissed for 11 runs thereby mounting pressure on the Kiwis squad. To save New Zealand from early pack-up, Captain Williamson came on teh crease to partner with Guptill on the other end. New Zealand put up just nine runs in the rest of the powerplay overs which was not ideal for bringing up a summit clash total. The scorecard read 32/1 after the powerplay overs, which was the lowest for NZ in the tournament so far.

New Zealand was in need of big-hitting as the run rate was daunting them, however, the duo of Williamson & Guptill tried to fetch singles & keep their scoreboard ticking. The match seemed in full control, of the Aussies before Williamson stepped up & punished Starc for 19 runs in the 11th over. In that over Williamson got a lifeline as Hazlewood dropped his catch on 17 runs, the cost of which the Aussies paid off in later overs. It was NZ’s best over in the match with Williamson shifting his gears & smashing three boundaries to boost their daunting Run rate.

Australia took the charge to get back to the driver’s seat

Australia was in search of a major breakthrough & they got the one when Adam Milne dismissed in-form Guptill in the 12th over. Martin Guptill’s slowish 28 runs knock off 35 balls & a 48 run stand with Williamson came to a standstill when Milne struck & removed him. New Zealand was reeling at 76/2 in  11.1 overs & then came Glenn Phillips on crease who partnered with Williamson in the middle overs to steady their already submerged innings.

Kane Williamson showed his powers to guide the Black Caps to 100 runs mark

Kane Williamson along with Phillips took over the command & smashed Maxwell for two consecutive sixes in the 13th over to reach his 14th & fastest fifty in the summit clash of the T20 World Cup in elegance. Thanks to the acceleration of runs done by Williamson, New Zealand reached the 100 run mark in the 14th over of their innings

Josh Hazlewood dented NZ’s hopes of posting a Mammoth Total

No one expected that Black Caps who had a steady start to their innings could go big later. The 16th over of New Zealand’s innings turned to be a blessing for them as Mitchell Starc who came on the crease to bundle up New Zealand’s innings got the worst smashing of his career.

He conceded massive 22 runs in the 16th over where Williamson ransacked him for four boundaries & a six. Mitchell conceded 50 runs in three overs while Williamson aggregated 41 runs off 12 balls against him. New Zealand was heading strong but soon their dream run came to an end in the 18th over when Josh Hazlewood came on teh crease. He dismissed Glenn Phillips for 18 runs with a slower length ball bringing an end to 68 runs stand between Williuaomson & Phillips to give Australia their biggest breakthrough. In the 18th over only, he got the prized wicket of Wiulliasom who dispersed after registering a stunning 85 run knock of 45 balls. New Zealand could post 172/4 after 20 overs with Jimmy Neesham (13*) & Tim Seifert (8*) giving a finishing touch to their innings.

T20 World Cup 2021 Final, AUS vs NZ, Brief Scores:

New Zealand 172/4 in 20 overs (Kane Williamson 85; Josh Hazlewood 3-16) lost to Australia 173/2 in 18.5 overs (Mitchell Marsh 77*, David Warner 53) by 8 wickets

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