AUSTRALIA v NEW ZEALAND, MEN’S TWENTY20 WORLD CUP FINAL
Australia 2-173 beat New Zealand 4-172 by eight wickets and with seven balls to spare.
Australia held all the cards early with a miserly powerplay, before Josh Hazlewood’s drop of Kane Williamson on 21 let the Black Caps get away. Williamson finished with 85 from 48 balls, before Hazlewood redeemed himself by removing the New Zealand skipper and finishing with 3-16. In reply, it was all about Mitch Marsh and his brilliant unbeaten 77. He and David Warner (53) put on 92 for the second wicket at a rate of nine-an-over, allowing Australia to cruise to their first T20 title.
Player of the moment
Mitch Marsh, who claimed two years ago that most of Australia hated him and that he hoped to one day win the country over. On Sunday, he surely did just that. He made a statement of intent with 14 runs from his first three balls and didn’t let up until the job was well done.
Quote of the day
“We have worked hard for a long time. This is a trophy that eluded us for a long time … To be able to take that trophy home, it’s exceptional.” – Steve Smith, summing up 14 years of pent-up frustration for Australia finally being released with their first men’s Twenty20 World Cup crown.
Marsh hit sixes from the first balls that Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham and Ish Sodhi bowled, breaking the Black Caps down as the pressure eventually told.
Stat of the day
New Zealand’s batting powerplay of 1-32 was their worst of the tournament, leaving them playing catch up for the rest of the game.