ICC World Twenty20, 2021

New Zealand vs Australia - Final

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Date & Time: 14 November 2021

Australia 173/2

RR: 9.19 | Australia beat New Zealand by 8 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
David Warner bowled Trent Boultbowled Trent Boult533843
Aaron Finch c Daryl Mitchell & b Trent Boultc Daryl Mitchell & b Trent Boult5710
Mitchell Marsh not out not out 775064
Glenn Maxwell not out not out 281841
Steven Smith
Marcus Stoinis
Matthew Wade
Pat Cummins
Mitchell Starc
Adam Zampa
Josh Hazlewood
Extras 10 (b 0, lb 4, w 6, nb 0)
Total 173 (2 Wkts, 18.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
15-1 (Aaron Finch,2.3), 107-2 (David Warner,12.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Trent Boult4 0 18 2 4.50
Tim Southee3.5 0 43 0 12.29
Adam Milne4 0 30 0 7.50
Ish Sodhi3 0 40 0 13.33
Mitchell Santner3 0 23 0 7.67
James Neesham1 0 15 0 15.00

Aaron Finch lifts the trophy and his teammates join him in celebration. Uncork the champagne, the party begins and it will go deep into the night. Well, that's all from the commentary team. This tournament was an absolute treat and we thank all the organizers in the UAE for being a great host. Until next time, allow us to bid you farewell. Stay safe and awesome. Cheers!

The World Cup-winning captain of Australia, Aaron Finch starts by saying that this victory is huge. Tells that he is very proud of his boys and admits that they had their backs to the wall before the tournament started. Calls David Warner outstanding and says that it's hard to understand that people wrote him off. Terms Adam Zampa as a super player and further says that the leggie is the Player of the Tournament for him. Praises Mitchell Marsh for the way he started with the bat and put pressure on the Kiwis. Also talks about the contributions from Matthew Wade and Marcus Stoinis in the semi-final.

Kane Williamson, the captain of New Zealand, talks about his innings and says that they were trying to get a platform as the surface was holding up. Calls Australia a fantastic side and praises them for the way they chased down the target. Adds that at the halfway stage, they made every effort to get a competitive total. Tells that Australia didn't give them an inch but he is proud of his team for the way they operated in this tournament. Mentions that the guys were very committed and they adapted quite well to the different challenges. Admits that there were some high hopes coming in, so they are feeling it a bit. Further says that there are only two possible outcomes and it's a shame they couldn't pull it off this evening.

DAVID WARNER IS AWARDED THE PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT! He scored 289 runs at a sizzling strike rate of 146.7 in this edition. The Australian opener says that it was all about going back to the basics and he managed to do that. Tells that this win is right up there with 2015 (50-over World Cup win) and praises his teammates and support staff. Shares that he is always pumped and wanted to put up a spectacle in the final. Admits that there were nerves but he is glad that the players delivered.

MITCHELL MARSH IS THE PLAYER OF THE MATCH! He has a big smile on his face, says that he has no words to describe his feelings. Talks about batting at number 3 and shares that the coaching staff came up with this plan during the tour of West Indies and he grabbed it with both hands. On hitting his first ball for a six in the final, Marsh replies that there wasn't a lot of thinking behind that, he just tried to play his game and register his presence. Calls it an unbelievable feeling.

Justin Langer, the proud coach of Australia, comes up for a chat. Says that this is a special group of players. Adds that getting back together as a group felt quite good. Tells that they knew how much talent they had as a group and says that when they played in West Indies and Bangladesh, they had a few missing pieces and Mitchell Marsh took one of those pieces. Shares that they tried to have fun in the bio-bubble to keep the stress away. Praises Adam Zampa by saying that his bowling puts a smile on his face. About Josh Hazlewood, Langer says that he has been in sublime form and signs off by calling it a team effort from the Aussies.

Glenn Maxwell comes up for a quick word and calls it perfect. Tells that it was nice to be out there and hit the winning runs. Adds that Zampa has been a superstar in the shorter formats and he has seen his growth. Adam Zampa, the wonder kid for Australia in this tournament, shares that he bowled to his strength. Tells that he knew the pitch will be on the slower side. Mentions that they won quite a few tosses and he got the chance to bowl with a dry ball. States that his plan always was to pick wickets. Thanks the support staff and calls it their win as well.

Steven Smith's turn to have a word. Smudge says that this trophy has eluded them for a while and it means a lot to win it. Praises Warner for the way he regained his form in the tournament and says that his stand with Marsh was the key in this chase. Josh Hazelwood joins and says that starting well in the Powerplay was the key and the batters chased it quite well. He praises Williamson for the way he batted and calls him a class player.

Pat Cummins says that he is feeling pretty pumped and once they go back home, this feeling will sink in. Shares that playing in the Indian T20 League helped them adapt quite quickly to the conditions here. Mitchell Starc also has a word and says that the build-up to the competition wasn't the best but they clicked at the right time. Praises Zampa for the way he bowled in the tournament and adds that his bowling made the pacers very relaxed.

Matthew Wade is down for a chat. Says that this is a huge moment for them and adds that a lot of people wrote them off. Shares that they felt really confident coming into this game and praises Warner and Marsh for the way they batted. Marcus Stoinis joins in and says that this group of boys, they love each other and he is proud of them. He is very happy for Marsh.

Plenty of smiling faces on the ground and there are plenty of interviews coming up as well...

An evening to forget for New Zealand. Their bowling was not up to the mark. Trent Boult was at his best but the other bowlers were not switched on. Usually, the Kiwis used to gain control in the middle overs but both Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner failed to provide that as they found it difficult against the attacking instinct of Warner and Marsh. They needed regular wickets to have a say in this chase but that never happened and New Zealand ended up losing yet another ICC final. A big heartbreak for them and Kane Williamson, who played a special knock earlier in the evening to take the Blackcaps to a challenging total.

Chasing a target of 173 in a final always brings plenty of pressure. Losing your captain cheaply compounds that pressure. Aaron Finch was removed early from the scene and New Zealand had tasted blood. But what followed next was a stupendous counter-attacking stand worth 92 runs off 59 balls. David Warner extended his newly-found form, Mitchell Marsh partnered him in the best possible way and Australia's investment in him at number 3 has paid rich dividends. Their partnership almost put the chase to bed but Warner's wicket allowed New Zealand a slight opening. However, Marsh continued to be relentless and along with Glenn Maxwell, he made sure that the Kangaroos jump over the finish line to lift the trophy. 

In this edition of the T20 World Cup, no one gave Australia a chance. The subcontinent conditions and Australia's perennial issues against spinners - You won't blame anyone for not having them as one of the favourites. But, Australia are known for their 'Never Say Die' attitude and they have once again vindicated that. They have been champions for multiple occasions in the 50-over format but the T20 World Cup trophy eluded them since its inception. They've finally got hold of it and winning it in alien conditions makes this success even more special. Kudos to them and the duo of Aaron Finch and Justin Langer. They have brought back the glory days of Australia. The champs are back!

AUSTRALIA ARE THE CHAMPIONS! We are getting to write this after so long. All the Aussie players charge out to the middle. Hugs and smiles all around as they surround Marsh and Maxwell. Fireworks go off in Dubai. What an atmosphere! Australia last won an ICC trophy back in 2015, against the same opponents at the MCG. The team though flew under the radar since then. We relate Australia with winning trophies and dominating the world of cricket but their drought period went on for far too long. Understandably, they are ecstatic, some glum faces in the New Zealand camp. You got to feel bad for them, yet another final slips away from them.

Tim Southee to Glenn Maxwell, FOUR! THERE IT IS! There are the winning runs! Maxwell is the one who finishes the game off in style! The five-time 50-over World Cup champions have won the T20 World Cup for the very first time. A trademark Maxwell shot to end the chase. A slower one wide outside off, Maxwell plays the reverse sweep and it goes past short third man for a boundary. AUSTRALIA WIN BY 8 WICKETS! 
Tim Southee to Mitchell Marsh, Just a boundary needed now! Outside off, a slower one. It is hit down to long off for one.
Tim Southee to Glenn Maxwell, Looking to finish it off with a biggie but just the one! A slower one on off, Maxwell swings, it goes off the inner half down to wide long on. He wants two, but only one run is available.
Tim Southee to Mitchell Marsh, A single which means the Aussies now are one big hit away! Shorter and on middle, this is pulled through mid-wicket for one.
Tim Southee to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR! That is probably the hit that seals the deal! A slower one, into the surface. Marsh swings, he does not time it that well but it flies down to long off. Neesham runs to his right, dives but does not reach it. A boundary. Just 7 needed more.

Change in bowling. Tim Southee (3-0-32-0) is back on.

Adam Milne to Mitchell Marsh, Fuller and on off, Marsh hits it down to long off for one. A good over by Milne, got a little bit of belief back. 11 needed 12.
Adam Milne to Glenn Maxwell, A low full toss on middle, this is whipped through square leg for one.
Adam Milne to Glenn Maxwell, Just short! Sums up New Zealand's day! Nothing has gone their way in this innings! Shorter and outside of, this is slapped hard but towards mid off. Southee dives forward, stops it in the end as it lands short.
Adam Milne to Glenn Maxwell, Another dot! 13 needed in 15. A shorter one outside off, another slower one. Maxwell looks to pull but misses.
Adam Milne to Mitchell Marsh, Fuller and on off, Marsh plays it down to long off for one.
Adam Milne to Mitchell Marsh, A dot! New Zealand need a lot more of these! Outside off, Marsh has a swing at it but misses.
Trent Boult to Mitchell Marsh, A chance goes down! Don't think that would have mattered but probably would have given New Zealand some belief. A slower one on middle, Marsh drives it hard, back to the bowler. Boult looks to catch it above his head but it bursts out and goes behind to mid on, for a run.
Trent Boult to Glenn Maxwell, A collision but all smiles in the end! Outside off, this is guided towards short third man. Both, Maxwell and Boult are watching the ball, Maxwell runs into the pacer. No harm done though in the end, just a run.
Trent Boult to Glenn Maxwell, WIDE! Down the leg side, Maxwell looks to whip it but misses. Wided.
Trent Boult to Glenn Maxwell, A slower bumper, Maxwell does not pick it and leaves it alone.
Trent Boult to Mitchell Marsh, Fuller and on middle, Marsh strokes it down to long off for one.
Trent Boult to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR! Marsh is now in a hurry to end this! Short and it sits up to be hit. Marsh hammers it towards mid-wicket. In the gap and into the fence.
Trent Boult to Mitchell Marsh, Two! Fuller and on middle, this is powered down the ground, the long off fielder runs to his right and cuts it off. Two taken.

Change in bowling. Last throw of the dice by Kane Williamson. Trent Boult (3-0-8-2) to bowl out.

Tim Southee to Glenn Maxwell, A dot to finish! 4 to go. 24 needed. Shorter and outside of, Maxwell looks to cut but under-edges it towards point.
Tim Southee to Mitchell Marsh, Angled into the pads, Marsh looks to flick but misses. It hits the pad again and rolls on the leg side. A leg bye is pinched.
Tim Southee to Mitchell Marsh, Ambitious appeal! Angled into the pads, Marsh swings, he misses, it hits the pads and lobs on the leg side. No run.
Tim Southee to Glenn Maxwell, Shorter again and on middle, Maxwell pulls it towards deep square leg. A run is taken.
Tim Southee to Glenn Maxwell, SIX! Over the fence! Short and on the body, Maxwell stays back and pulls it over the fine leg fence. Goes all the way. Less than run-a-ball is needed now.
Tim Southee to Glenn Maxwell, WIDE! New Zealand really can't afford these extras. Down the leg side. Maxwell looks to whip it but misses.
Tim Southee to Glenn Maxwell, FOUR! Australia are well and truly on course to win it now. 33 needed. Maxwell makes room and Southee follows him. Maxwell looks to heave it, it goes off the inner half down to fine leg for a boundary.

Change. Tim Southee (2-0-20-0) is back on.

Adam Milne to Glenn Maxwell, A single to end but the damage was done earlier on in the over! A short one, outside off, slower. Maxwell looks to pull, he is way too early again, it goes off the toe-end. A run in the end. Just the 37 needed in the last 5 overs.
Adam Milne to Glenn Maxwell, WIDE! A bumper now but way too short. Goes well over the batter's head. Wided.
Adam Milne to Glenn Maxwell, A good ball! A slower bumper, Maxwell is way too early into the stroke. He misses it by a long way.
Adam Milne to Glenn Maxwell, FOUR! Consecutive boundaries and only 39 needed now in 32. All the luck going Australia's way! Short and on middle, seam-up ball. Maxwell looks to pull, this goes off the top edge down to the third man fence.
Adam Milne to Glenn Maxwell, FOUR! Finds the gap! Australia running away with this! Short and on the body, Maxwell pulls, it does not seem out from the middle but in the gap in the backward square leg region. Boundary.
Adam Milne to Mitchell Marsh, Has that been put down? No, just short! Short and on the body, Marsh pulls it flat towards deep square leg. Daryl Mitchell runs in and slides forward but it lands short. Does well to keep it down to one.
Adam Milne to Mitchell Marsh, A slower one to begin with! On middle, Marsh plays it back to the bowler.