Australia powered to an eight-gate palm over New Zealand to win the Men’s T20 World Cup for the first time.
Mitchell Marsh despoiled a ferocious 77 not out from 50 balls as Australia caught what appeared to be a grueling 173 with seven deliveries to spare in Dubai.
The all-rounder participated in a dominant stage of 92 with nature David Warner and continued to attack after the nature was sailed for 53 from 38 balls.
Marsh was dropped on 68 but at that stage, only 15 runs were demanded from 19 balls, the loftiest chase in a Men’s T20 World Cup final a near certainty.
After Glenn Maxwell hit the winning runs, Marsh was flocked by his teammates and dropped to his knees, overcome with emotion having produced his finest Twenty20 innings on the biggest stage.
New Zealand, now beaten in three successive white-ball tests, were arguably pets at the halfway stage after Kane Williamson’s 85 from 48 balls in an aggregate of 172-4 on a slow pitch.
But it was Australia-unfancied before the event-who cantered home to join Australia women as T20 world titleholders.
From written off to world titleholders
The Australia fests began indeed before the ball had reached the boundary for the final time, the players rushing onto the field to celebrate with Marsh.
His innings will be remembered as one of the stylish in a World Cup final, the brutal hitting morning with an emphatic front-bottom pull for six off the first ball he faced.
Player of the event Warner, dropped by his Indian Premier League ballot before this event, was crucial too, while Josh Hazlewood before took an immaculate 3-16.
Together they helped seal a palm that many anticipated three weeks agone.
Australia lost their five T20 series leading up to the World Cup-during which they were sailed out for 62 by Bangladesh-and their struggles continued in the group stage when they were thrashed by England.
Marsh was dropped for that eight-gate defeat but ended the event as a doubtful idol in a side that completed an impeccably-timed rise.
Having won five 50-over World mugs, Australia has now completed the white-ball set and will have home advantage when they defend the title coming time.
Worryingly for England sympathizers, this triumph comes only 24 days before the first Ashes Test.
New Zealand suffer further final pain
New Zealand was also chasing their first T20 World Cup. Having won the World Test Championship in June, they were aiming to come to world titleholders in the longest and shortest formats.
They were hampered by being asked to the club first and critics of the event will point to this being another game won by the side winning the toss.
It gave Australia an advantage but New Zealand’s bowling-their stronger suit and generally so reliable- wasn’t at its stylish. Too frequently was Warner given range outside off refuse, while Marsh was suitable to benefit from short bowling with pulls.
The Black Caps plodded beforehand in their innings, their top order reactionary on a pitch on which batters took time to get going.
Williamson had 21 from 22 balls when he was put down by Hazlewood above his head at fine leg, and demanded all his class to accelerate astoundingly.
Mixing blows over mid-wicket with delicate ganders, he scored 64 from his last 27 deliveries, including 22 from one Mitchell Starc over, whose four wicketless overs bring 60 runs.
Had New Zealand won, the final may have been remembered for Williamson’s innings, but rather Marsh will take the captions?
. Given their Test Championship success, 2021 remains a major time for New Zealand. Eventually, still, this is another loss to add to those in the 50-over World Cup tests of 2015 and 2019.