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That's a wrap on another T20 World Cup, with Australia finally winning the one trophy they were missing. It should also given some credit to Justin Langer, whose future as Head Coach was supposedly a topic of discussion, heading into the Ashes next month. And yes, the odds were slighly too skewed towards the team chasing, particularly at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium where the final was played today, but you still have to go out and win, so kudos to the Aussies for doing that.
Mitchell Marsh came up trumps just when it was needed, and in truth never looked like he was in trouble through that chase. He exerted himself on the New Zealand bowlers as soon as he walked out, with a six and four, and that seemed to get the ball rolling for him. He's had an injury plagued career so to be able to have this run at this crucial time would be pleasing for him. Well deserved man of the match.
For New Zealand, it's another finals defeat, and one where they would have felt they were in control at the halfway mark. But their bowlers simply were not good enough today and they had no response to the commanding chase by the Aussies, especially with that 92-run partnership between Marsh and Warner. It doesn't take away from them being arguably the best team across formats, but this was a good chance for them to show how good they are at the shortest format. Tough on Kane Williamson too who played a magnificent innings, but he needed more from those around him.
David Warner wins the Man of the Series award, finishing the tournament as the second leading run scorer. He got into form against Sri Lanka in the Super 12s stage, and from there he has scored two half-centuries in five innings, and he almost had a third. He was key for Australia, and it was some turn around from his time in the second half of this year's Indian Premier League where the Sunrisers Hyderabad dropped him for his poor form. He'll feel like he's vindicated.
Australia's bowlers were brilliant today from overs 4 to 10, and much of that was down to Adam Zampa who finishes the tournament as their highest wicket taker, returning an economy rate under 6 runs an over. Josh Hazlewood has also been key for them through the tournament, with his wickets in the powerplay overs, but today he did more of that, making two vital breakthroughs at the death that may just have denied 10-15 or more runs. Whether that would have made a difference is debatable given how well Australia controlled the chase, but credit to him for transferring his skills as a Test bowler to the shortest form of the game.
AUSTRALIA WIN BY 8 WICKETS!
Over 18: Australia 162-2 (Mitchell Marsh 71, Glenn Maxwell 23) Target 173
A comprehensive win for Australia sealed with a boundary for Glenn Maxwell. He finishes unbeaten on 28, but the real star tonight is Mitchell Marsh.
Over 17: Australia 159-2 (Mitchell Marsh 69, Glenn Maxwell 29) Target 173
Equation now down to 14 off 18 balls.
Over 16: Australia 149-2 (Mitchell Marsh 61, Glenn Maxwell 21)
Glenn Maxwell now brining out the big hits. Flicks Southee for a boundary and then a six over fine leg. Run a ball for Australia now. 24 needed off 24.
Over 15: Australia 136-2 (Mitchell Marsh 61, Glenn Maxwell 10) Target 173
Over 14: Australia 125-2 (Mitchell Marsh 60, Glenn Maxwell 1) Target 173
Another big over for Australia and they are now coasting to victory. 48 runs needed off the last 6 overs.
FIFTY! Mitchel Marsh 53 off 31 balls
13th over: Australia 108-2 (Mitchell Marsh 47, Glenn Maxwell 3) Target 173
WICKET! David Warner b Boult 53
David Warner tries to flay across the line and is beaten by a slower ball. Could this be an inroad for the Black Caps?
12th over: Australia 106-1 (Mitchell Marsh 45, David Warner 53) Target 173
Four good balls by Mitchell Santner followed by a boundary for Mitchell Marsh and it's another over that Australia have scored above the required run rate. Australia must feel they have one hand on the trophy. They need 67 off 48 balls.
11th over: Australia 97-1 (David Warner 52, Mitchell Marsh 38) Target 173
Another bowler, another big over. Kane Williamson brings on the medium pace of James Neesham and Mitchell Marsh smashes it over fine leg. David Warner then goes over deep midwicket for his third six, that also brings up a 33-ball half-century. Australia now above the required run rate.
10th over: Australia 82-1 (David Warner 45, Mitchell Marsh 30) Target 173
Midway through the innings Australia are looking comfotable in this chase. They need 91 off the last 10 overs to win. New Zealand need a wicket, or two, and fast.
9th over: Australia 77-1 (David Warner 42, Mitchell Marsh 28) Target 173
Oof. David Warner finding his feet now and that could be the over that gets him into gear. Warner flat bats the second ball down to the long on boundary. A similar shot that gets Warner another boundary three balls later, this time to square leg. An already expensive over is made even more expensive with a six off the last ball. 17 runs off that over, and Australia are almost par for the course.
8th over: Australia 60-1 (Mitchell Marsh 27, David Warner 26) Target 173
Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner bowls his first over, and his namesake swings hard for gets a six over square leg. Santer responds well but it's another 10 run over.
7th over: Australia 50-1 (David Warner 24, Mitchell Marsh 19) Target 173
Wrist-spinner Ish Sodhi on to bowl the first over of spin and there is some good variation from the bowler. Runs every ball, gives Australia seven off that over.
6th over: Australia 43-1 (David Warner 19, Mitchell Marsh 17) Target 173
A good comeback from Adam Milne who gives up just three runs in the final over of the powerplay. Required run rate now over 9 runs an over.
5th over: Australia 40-1 (David Warner 18, Mitchell Marsh 17) Target 173
The Australian batters run three singles off the first four balls, before David Warner picks the slower ball from Tim Southee and deposits over midwicket for six. Another over with runs in double digits, and Australia are staying with the required rate so far.
4th over: Australia 30-1 (Mitchell Marsh 15, David Warner 10) Target 173
The extra pace of Adam Milne works well for Mitchell Marsh who gets a six off the first ball he faces. Runs the next ball down to the third man boundary and before pulling the third delivery to for a third boundary. An expensive start to the over, with one more run added.
WICKET! Aaron Finch c Mitchell b Finch 5
Australia lose their captain! Aaron Finch charges Trent Boult and hits him over the fielder at mid-off for four. He tries the charge the next ball as well, but Boult guesses he would and bangs it in shorter. Finch makes a weak attempt at a pull and is caught by the midwicket fielder.
2nd over: Australia 11-0 (David Warner 10, Aaron Finch 1) Target 173
Tim Southee offers width and David Warner jumps at it with boundaries either side of the backward point fielder.
1st over: Australia 1-0 (David Warner 1, Aaron Finch 0) Target 173
Just a single down to third man off the first over.
AUSTRALIA NEED 173 RUNS TO WIN THE T20 WORLD CUP 2021!
One innings away from deciding the new World Champions of T20 cricket. Australia will back themselves to chase this, but New Zealand have some quality bowlers the Aussies will have to comprehend with. That and scoreboard pressure. They start the chase needing 8.65 runs an over.
David Warner and Aaron Finch to start the chase. Trent Boult to bowl the first over.
An excellent innings from Kane Williamson. We hadn't seen the best of him this tournament, despite getting starts, but today he's proven his class at even the shortest form of the game. Made light work of the pace of Mitchell Starc, and took on the role of the aggressor, which New Zealand desperately needed if they wanted to set a good enough total. Thanks to his masterclass, New Zealand smashed 115 off the last ten overs, more than double what they had at the half-way point.
For Australia, Josh Hazlewood was excellent at the beginning and the end, while Adam Zampa bowled three very good overs to restrain New Zealand. Then Kane Williamson happened.
20th over: New Zealand 172-4 (James Neesham 13, Tim Seifert 8)
Mitchell Starc bowls the last over, and he missed his yorker, which Tim Seifert whips for a boundary. Doesn't give any more boundaries, but New Zealand get 10 off the last over, and they have posted a competitive target here.
19th over: New Zealand 162-4 (James Neesham 11, Tim Seifert 2)
James Neesham creams Pat Cummins straight down the ground for six and New Zealand milk 13 runs from the penultimate over.
18th over: New Zealand 149-4 (James Neesham 1, Tim Seifert 0)
Josh Hazlewood has bowled a crucial over for the Australians here. Just five from it, and has also dismissed the two set batters. Could have saved his team 10-15 overs with that.
WICKET! Kane Williamson c Smith b Hazlewood 85 (New Zealand 148-4)
Kane Williamson tries to clear Josh Hazlewood over the long off boundary, but it doesn't have the legs and Steven Smith takes the easy catch. End off an incredible innings from the New Zealand captain. The highest score by a captain in a T20 World Cup final.
WICKET! Glenn Phillips c Glenn Maxwell b Josh Hazlewood 18 (New Zealand 144-3)
Josh Hazlewood cramps Glenn Phillips for room and the heave from Phillips is caught on the deep midwicket boundary.
17th over: New Zealand 144-2 (Kane Williamson 81, Glenn Phillips 18)
16th over: New Zealand 136-2 (Kane Williamson 77, Glenn Phillips 15)
This is turning into a Kane Williamson masterclass. 16 runs off the first three bowls of this Mitchell Starc over. Gets lucky with the first two boundaries, with edges flying down to the fine leg boundary, but picks the third one up and sends it over the backward square boundary. And he's not done. Back to back boundaries, over point and to third man, to end the over and he's single-handedly plundered 22 runs off that over. Mitchell Starc hits 50 -- he's conceded 50 off 3 overs.
15th over: New Zealand 114-2 (Kane Williamson 55, Glenn Phillips 15)
Adam Zampa bowls out and that last over blots his figures. Glenn Phillips hammers the first ball of the over straight down the ground for six, getting a boundary over the cover fielder four balls later. 12 off it!
14th over: New Zealand 102-2 (Kane Williamson 54, Glenn Phillips 4)
A better over for Australia that, thanks to Pat Cummins. Five off it, and New Zealand get past the 100-run mark.
13th over: New Zealand 97-2 (Kane Williamson 51, Glenn Phillips 3)
Kane Williamson breaks the shackles, hammering Glenn Maxwell for back to back sixes. It's New Zealand's second best over of the innings, with 16 runs. 40 off the last three overs.
FIFTY! Kane Williamson 50 off 31 balls
Kane Williamson with the fastest 50 in a Men's T20 World Cup final, and he gets there with back to back sixes.
12th over: New Zealand 81-2 (Kane Williamson 39, Glenn Phillips 1)
Another exceptional over from Adam Zampa. A wicket and five runs, for figures of 1 for 14 in 3 overs.
WICKET! Martin Guptill c Stoinis b Zampa 28
Martin Guptill was not having a great night after the two boundaries he got in the powerplay, labouring for 35 balls. Slog sweeps Adam Zampa and there isn't enough on it to fly over Marcus Stoinis at deep midwicket.
11th over: New Zealand 74-1 (Kane Williamson 33, Martin Guptill 28)
Back to back to back boundaries for Kane Williamson. The batters run two singles and a two to start the over from Mitchell Starc, before Williamson shovels a full toss down to the fine leg, where there is a fielder. Should have been a catch, but the ball burst through Josh Hazlewood's hands, and to make matters worse it's a boundary. Cracks the next ball past the fielder at long-off, before swatting an over the waist full toss between the fielders at deep midwicket and long on for a third boundary. The full toss is called a no-ball but Williamson can't get anything from it.
10th over: New Zealand 57-1 (Martin Guptill 27, Kane Williamson 18)
Adam Zampa continues and all New Zealand manage off that over are six singles. Half-way through the innings and New Zealand are in need of some accelaration.
Mitchell Starc returns to bowl his second over.
9th over: New Zealand 51-1 (Martin Guptill 24, Kane Williamson 15)
Australian captain Aaron Finch brings on Mitchell Marsh and New Zealand manage just singles off the first three balls. Kane Williamson charges Marsh and whacks him down to wide long off four a boundary -- the first in 32 balls. Williamson swings the other direction the next ball and gets another boundary down to deep mid-wicket, which brings his team's 50 runs.
8th over: New Zealand 40-1 (Martin Guptill 22, Kane Williamson 6)
Another good over for Australia, as Adam Zampa concedes just one run in his first over.
A little over 50% of the balls New Zealand have faced so far have been dot balls.
7th over: New Zealand 37-1 (Martin Guptill 20, Kane Williamson 5)
Glenn Maxwell returns for a second over, and this time he concedes just five runs. Pressure building on New Zealand now.
Australia's best bowler of the tournament, Adam Zampa on to bowl. His 12 wickets are second only to Wanindu Hasaranga's tournament tally of 16.
6th over: New Zealand 32-1 (Martin Guptill 17, Kane Williamson 3)
Perfect lines and lengths from Josh Hazlewood, who bowls five consecutive dot balls, before Kane Williamson goes over the in-field on the leg side. There isn't enough on it to find the fielder in the deep, nor the deep midwicket boundary. The Kiwis run two to end what has been an excellent powerplay for Australia. Just nine runs off the last three overs.
5th over: New Zealand 30-1 (Martin Guptil 17, Kane Williamson 1)
Pat Cummins on for an over and he does brilliantly to give just two runs. The Australians have stymied the early run flow.
4th over: New Zealand 28-1 (Martin Guptill 16, Kane Williamson 0)
Five runs and a wicket in that Josh Hazlewood over.
WICKET! Daryl Mitchell c Wade b Hazlewood 11 (New Zealand 28-1)
Josh Hazlewood has been good so far, despite giving up two boundaries in this spell. Makes the first breakthrough, rolling his fingers across the ball and finds the outside edge of Daryl Mitchell's bat and Matthew Wade has enough time to dive forward and hold onto the catch.
3rd over: New Zealand 23-0 (Martin Guptill 11, Daryl Mitchell 11)
Aaron Finch tries to sneak in an over from his fifth bowl Glenn Maxwell, and Daryl Mitchell welcomes him with a six straight on. Mitchell gets Guptill on strike, who is lucky that an under-edge is too low for wicket-keeper Matthew Wade to catch. 10 runs off that over in all.
2nd over: New Zealand 13-0 (Martin Guptill 10, Daryl Mitchell 3)
An excellent first four balls from Josh Hazlewood, giving nothing away to the Martin Guptill. Goes short on the next ball and Guptill is able to get it down to the vacant fine leg boundary for four. A good comeback from Hazlewood, on the money again.
1st over: New Zealand 9-0 (Martin Guptill 6, Daryl Mitchell 3)
A dot ball to start the innings, but Mitchell Starc goes shortish and wide on the second ball and Mrtin Guptill is quick to jump on it and carve a boundary past point. Some good running between the wickets bring New Zealand five more runs in that over. A positive start for the Black Caps.
Josh Hazlewood to bowl the second over.
The national anthems are done, so here we go.
Australian players out to field, while New Zealand's openers Martin Guptill and Daryl Mitchell are out to bat. Mitchell Starc will bowl the first over.
Before this tournament started, few would have had these two teams facing off in the final, and after early defeats in their repsective campaigns, they both appeared heading towards an early exit. But like any good team, they managed to peak at the right moment, and when faced with do-or-die situations, they did what they had to to get over the line. They faced strikingly similar semi-final situations, facing a team that were pre-match favourites and then finding themselves having to overcome an improbable equation. But like New Zealand did against England, chasing down 47 runs in three overs, Australia mowed down 50 off three overs against Pakistan for identical semi-final winning margins -- by five wickets with an over to spare. It was perhaps harsh on England and Pakistan who had been outstanding through the Super 12 stages, but such is the nature of T20 cricket, that one over can change the entire context of a match and a campaign.
Australia win the toss and elect to field first
The toss has proved to be a major factor at this tournament, at this venue particularly, and Australia have enjoyed the rub of the green with that today. They are unchanged from the team that beat Pakistan, while New Zealand have an enforced change, with Devon Conway out injured, replaced by Tim Seifert.
These are the teams:
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (capt.), Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Daryll Mitchell, Kane Williamson, Tim Seifert (wk), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi
We'll have the toss in a bit, but until then tell us, what has been your favourite moment of the T20 World Cup so far?
New Zealand on the other hand have extinguished one ghost of painful past, albeit of a different format and at an earlier stage of the tournament, with their win in the semi-final against England on Wednesday, ostensibly avenging the defeat to the same opponents in the last Cricket World Cup final of the 50-over kind. Today, they can perhaps lay to rest the bad memories of falling flat in the 2015 Cricket World Cup final, where they lost to Australia by seven wickets.
This is it then. After a month of high intensity, high stakes cricket, we are finally at the end of this edition of the T20 World Cup, a title winner to be named, another country to join the list of past champions. Neither of these teams have won the tournament before -- Australia came the closest, losing to arch-rivals England in the 2010 final. It is the ever-elusive silverware in Australia's otherwise very impressive trophy cabinet, and have recovered from an early wobble in their campaign to reach today's final.
Hello and welcome to our live blog of the T20 World Cup 2021 final between Australia and New Zealand.