This was exactly an unpredicted win for the team Australia in T20 World Cup 2021. When the teams Australia and New Zealand made their way to the finals, everyone was eagerly waiting for the end as it was a tough situation to predict which team would be lifting the world cup. Putting an end to chase, Australia men lifted their maiden T20 world cup, defeating New Zealand by eight wickets in the final at Dubai on November 14.
Australia responded to the lonely strike of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson with a double strike by David Warner and Mitchell Marsh in the match. David Warner (53 off 38 balls, including 3 Six 4 fours), Marsh (77 not out off 50 balls, including 4 sixes and 6 fours) joined hands together and with their firepower, they defeated New Zealand which paved the way for Australia to kiss the T20 world cup for the first time since the loss in 2010 final.
It was their batting power that made the Australian team step forward crossing the black caps. The victory definitely would have made the team get boosted for themselves as it was a much-awaited moment for the team. Back in 2020, the Australian women’s team won the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in front of a record crowd at home at the MCG. Now, in 2021, the men have joined them as champions of the format and will go into the next edition in 2022, which will be held at home, as the defending champions.
Australia started well with Warner hitting a couple of boundaries. However, Aaron Finch’s struggles at the top of the order continued as Trent Boult sent him packing for just 5. Mitchell Marsh came out to bat at the fall of Finch’s wicket and immediately hit the ground running, smashing a six and back-to-back fours off the first three balls he faced. The Australian all-rounder didn’t look back after that and proceeded to pound the New Zealand bowling lineup into submission.
Meanwhile, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson top-scored for the Black Caps with his 85-run knock while opener Martin Guptill contributed 28 runs after Australia inserted them in to take the first strike. Even though they haven’t shown depth in their batting, they were optimized with their resources.
Australia’s T20 Journey:
Australia’s journey in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is no lesser than a roller coaster ride. Australia won their first match with South Africa by 5 wickets. Pacer Josh Hazlewood’s spell where he picked the wickets of in-form Quinton de Kock and van der Dussen turned the game in favor of Australia. Marcus Stoinis’cameo in the chase proved vital for Kangaroos in the end.
The second match was with Sri Lanka and there they won by seven wickets. In the match, Warner, who had come in for criticism for his poor form, added 70 for the first wicket with Finch in just 6.5 overs. His half-century set them up to overhaul the target in just 17 overs. In the third match, England knocked out Australia, who batted first in the tournament and England knocked off the runs in just 11.4 overs, striking a body blow to Australia’s net run rate.
The fourth match was a do-or-die match and in this, the team Australia dominated the chase by defeating Bangladesh by 8 wickets. In the chase, Aaron Finch continued his form and chased down the below-par total in just 6.2 overs. In their fifth match with West Indies, again Australia won by 8 wickets and Australia’s Net Run Rate was boosted which helped them seal a spot in the semifinal.
When the semi-final match was fixed with Pakistan, with Pakistan dominating the whole game was having a better chance. However, Australia’s side was fine when they knocked out Pakistan by 5 wickets.
Australia’s performance in the final followed the same formula that made them successful through the tournament: accurate Powerplay bowling, good figures for Zampa, and another Warner-Marsh special. Eight wicket win over New Zealand thus paved the way to lift the trophy for the team.
Australia coach Justin Langer said that the feeling of winning the big one was ‘difficult to explain’. He also explained how Australian players dealt with the bubble life and found success. With this, the curtain for T20 is down, and the relentless work done by the entire team of the match-fixers commented their adieu at the end.