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14-Nov-2021 17:51:00 GMT
Aus vs NZ - ICC T20 WC Final, Dubai

Marsh and Warner take Australia to T20 World Cup glory

Australian team with T20 trophy
Australian team with T20 trophy
Australia 173 for 2 (Marsh 77*, Warner 53, Maxwell 28, Boult 2-18) beat New Zealand 172 for 4 (Williamson 85, Guptill 28, Hazlewood 3-16) by eight wickets

Dubai: Australia won the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 as Mitchell Marsh and David Warner hit half-centuries to chase down 173 with ease at the Dubai International Stadium.

Marsh and Warner’s brilliant knocks came after New Zealand captain Kane Williamson had responded to losing the toss with a classy innings of his own, with his 85 off 45 helping the Black Caps to 172/4.

At the time, it was the highest score a team had posted in a Men's T20 World Cup Final.

But Australia started the chase well and rarely took their foot off the gas as they raced to the World Cup title with eight wickets and seven balls to spare, sparking jubilant celebrations in the UAE.

Australia had lost skipper Aaron Finch early when he top-edged Trent Boult to Daryl Mitchell in the deep.

But the in-form Warner got off to a decent start, while it was Marsh who upped the rate most spectacularly early on, smashing 14 runs off the first three deliveries he faced.

With Warner and Marsh still at the crease, Australia reached 43/1 at the end of the Powerplay.

And the pair went through the gears as the spinners came on, adding 39 runs in the following four overs to leave them needing 91 from 60 to win the T20 World Cup at the halfway stage of the reply.

It was said before the match by New Zealand skipper Williamson that the final would come down to individual contributions, and so it proved, with two of Australia's top four delivering on the biggest stage in the run-chase

First it was the irrepressible Warner who smoked Jimmy Neesham for six in the 11th over to reach his half-century off just 34 balls.

Boult was brought back to try and break the partnership as it edged towards a century-stand, and the left-armer did the trick, bowling Warner for 53.

But Marsh ensured the pace of the innings didn’t slip after Warner’s departure, providing a defining contribution of his own.

Marsh reached his half-century three deliveries quicker than his team-mate to set a new record for the fastest 50 in a T20 World Cup Final, and finished on 77 from 50.
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And it fell to Glenn Maxwell to see it over the line for Australia, as he reverse-swept Tim Southee for four to prompt a stream of yellow-shirted teammates to flood onto the pitch and join in the huge celebrations.

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